Listening to History: The Authenticity of Oral Evidence
How can oral evidence be generated, selected and analyzed so that oral history becomes a reliable historical tool? The author shows how, with the help of social science methodology, the unique insights gained from talking to individuals about the past can be a valuable addition to historical sources. The book provides the reader with detailed guidelines on the interviewing process, who to interview, how to interview, and how to analyze the information, whether from a single interview or a large archive. Also examined are the problems of memory how researchers can check reliability and accuracy.
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Origins and potential
Creating the Interviews
The interview schedule
Assessing the Interviews
Part Four Memory Theory and Purpose
Use and purpose
Notes on the text
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