Oral History and Ageing

Bornat, Joanna and Tetley, Josie eds. (2010). Oral History and Ageing. The Representation of Older People in Ageing Research Series (9). London: Centre for Policy on Ageing.

URL: http://www.cpa.org.uk/pubs/oralhistoryandageing.ht...

Abstract

Oral history and gerontology have had a rarely spoken relationship over the years. Yet the links between the two should be obvious primarily because each has an interest in older people. For the oral historian, older people are the key to the past, as witnesses they speak it, reconstruct it and, sometimes are its inventors, its authors. Gerontologists also talk to older people, though more often, perhaps, they tend to observe them and those who are close to them: their carers, friends, practitioners and spokespersons. For both gerontology and oral history, the interview is a key research tool, both focus on remembering and both show concern for issues raised by participation, ownership and the presentation of the outcomes of their engagement with the lives of older people.

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