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Palgrave Studies in Oral History

Oral History Off the Record

Toward an Ethnography of Practice

Editors: Sheftel, A., Zembrzycki, S. (Eds.)

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About this book

Because oral history interviews are personal interactions between human beings, they rarely conform to a methodological ideal. These reflections from oral historians provide honest and rigorous analyses of actual oral history practice that address the complexities of a human-centered methodology.

About the authors

Sherna Berger Gluck, California State University, USA Julie Cruikshank, University of British Columbia, Canada Tatiana Argounova, University of Aberdeen, UK Joan Sangster, Trent University, Canada Martha Norkunas, Middle Tennessee State University, USA Alan Wong, Concordia University, Canada Elizabeth Miller, Concordia University, Canada Pamela Sugiman, Ryerson University, Canada Monica Eileen Patterson, Concordia University, Canada Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary, Canada Nadia Jones-Gailani, University of Toronto, Canada Alexander Freund, University of Winnipeg, Canada Luis van Isschot, City University of New York, USA Steven High, Concordia University, Canada Alessandro Portelli, University of Rome "Sapienza," Italy

Reviews

“By acknowledging the personal impact of doing oral history work, this valuable collection of reflections is a wonderful bridge among academic disciplines as well as for those of us who practice oral history outside of academia: all practitioners are important to include in these ethical and theoretical discussions.” (Sady Sullivan, The Oral History Review, Vol. 44 (2), 2017)

' the essays in this collection reflect on those sensitive, uncomfortable and sometimes daunting moments in interviews that are usually left unmentioned. They show that the required skills of openness and patience can be gained only through practice and conscious critical evaluation of what we learn in theory. I found the essays wise and constructive in presenting the political, ethical and personal challenges that researchers face in interactions with subjects of their studies.' - LSE Review of Books Blog


"Oral History Off the Record, an interdisciplinary collection of essays, will appeal to a beginner learning oral history methods as well as the accomplished practitioner. The contributors are so honest, so willing to make themselves vulnerable, that you feel compelled to think deeply about issues in the oral history interview that were scarcely alluded to earlier. You won't want to put this book down, but if you have to, you will find yourself continuing to think about it." - Valerie Yow, author of Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences

"The interview is the keystone of our practice. This volume opens up that practice to self-reflexive scrutiny and interrogation and introduces the reader - the old hand as much as the newcomer - to honest appraisals of the interview process by some of the best known practitioners in the field. Oral History Off the Record is an honest and insightful appraisal of how we go about our craft from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The contributors share their anxieties, their struggles, their vulnerabilities, and their successes; this personal perspective makes this book a refreshing, engaging, and important intervention." - Lynn Abrams, Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow, UK

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Sheftel, Anna (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • From California to Kufr Nameh and Back: Reflections on 40 Years of Feminist Oral History

    Gluck, Sherna Berger

    Pages 25-42

  • “On” and “Off” the Record in Shifting Times and Circumstances

    Cruikshank, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 43-58

  • Politics and Praxis in Canadian Working-Class Oral History

    Sangster, Joan

    Pages 59-75

  • The Vulnerable Listener

    Norkunas, Martha

    Pages 81-96

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oral History Off the Record
Book Subtitle
Toward an Ethnography of Practice
Editors
  • A. Sheftel
  • S. Zembrzycki
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Anna Sheftel and Stacey Zembrzycki
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33965-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137339652
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-33963-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-33964-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 301
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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