Oral History

Bornat, Joanna (2004). Oral History. In: Seale, Clive; Gobo, Giampetro; Gubrium, Jaber F and Silverman, David eds. Qualitative Research Practice. London, UK: Sage Publications Ltd, pp. 34–47.

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The chapter explains and defiines oral history as a method for social science research. It considers the interview as a social relationship, discusses the transcript and its ownership, identifies multidisciplinary approaches to data anlysis in oral history and makes the case for oral history as an approach which links past and present, situates individuals as agentic and serves to mediate and moderate broader structural determinants of society while encompassing the plurality and subjectivity of researchers and researched.

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