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Oral History and Narrative


Stratford, E, Oral History and Narrative, International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Association of American Geographers, Washington DC, USA ISBN 9780470659632 (2021) [Other Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg1038.pub2


Across peoples and cultures, diverse capacities to remember, reflect, and communicate, and the compulsion to understand the world in which we live gather as a combined force in storytelling and the use of narrative to hear and be heard. Oral history is a powerful qualitative research method to directly engage with and preserve the memories, stories, and knowledge of those still living. Using such field methods, practitioners are motivated to understand participants’ direct experiences of the lifeworld, of place, and of space and spatiality. Furthermore they are concerned with the ways in which those experiences illuminate other important issues and events which, in the past, have appeared unremarkable. Oral history’s capacity to uncover the extraordinary within the everyday empowers participants and audiences, and enables practitioners—geographers not least among them—to validate and value knowledge hitherto consigned to historical obscurity.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:human geography, oral history, methodology, qualitative research, narrative analysis
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:102482
Year Published:2021 (online first 2016)
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2015-08-24
Last Modified:2021-01-29
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