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Women's oral history : the Frontiers reader

Author: Susan H Armitage; Patricia Hart; Karen Weathermon
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Women's Oral History: The "Frontiers" Reader is an essential guide to the practice of gathering and interpreting women's oral accounts of their lives. During the 1970s, when women's history was just developing, the lack of historical information about women's lives was glaring. Oral history quickly emerged as a vital and necessary tool for documenting the lives and experiences of women, who rarely recorded it for
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Women's oral history.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)654475988
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan H Armitage; Patricia Hart; Karen Weathermon
ISBN: 0803259441 9780803259447
OCLC Number: 49225886
Description: xii, [2], 392 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1 Basic Approaches --
What's So Special about Women? Women's Oral History --
Women's Oral History Resource Section --
Doing Oral History as an Outsider --
Digging beneath the Surface: Oral History Techniques --
The Next Step --
Reflections on Women's Oral History: An Exchange --
Giving Voice to Chinese American Women --
pt. 2 Oral History Applications --
Oral History as a Biographical Tool --
"I Give the Best Part of My Life to the Mill": An Oral History of Icy Norman --
Looking Inward, Looking Backward: Reminiscence and the Life Review --
Good Work, Sister! The Making of an Oral History Production --
Filming Nana: Some Dilemmas of Oral History on Film --
Treading the Traces of Discarded History: Oral History Installations --
Patching the Past: Students and Oral History --
pt. 3 Oral History Discoveries and Insights --
Using Oral History to Chart the Course of Illegal Abortions in Montana --
Grassroots Leadership Reconceptualized: Chicana Oral Histories and the 1968 East Los Angeles School Blowouts --
The Southern Paiute Woman in a Changing Society --
From the Yazoo Mississippi Delta to the Urban Communities of the Midwest: Conversations with Rural African American Women --
Domestic Violence and Poverty: The Narratives of Homeless Women --
Gender, Sexuality, and Class in National Narrations: Palestinian Camp Women Tell Their Lives --
Women of the British Coalfields on Strike in 1926 and 1984: Documenting Living Using Oral History and Photography.
Other Titles: Frontiers (Boulder, Colo.)
Responsibility: edited by Susan H. Armitage, with Patricia Hart and Karen Weathermon.
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"Women's Oral History: The "Frontiers" Reader is an essential guide to the practice of gathering and interpreting women's oral accounts of their lives. During the 1970s, when women's history was just developing, the lack of historical information about women's lives was glaring. Oral history quickly emerged as a vital and necessary tool for documenting the lives and experiences of women, who rarely recorded it for themselves - much less for posterity. Standard models of practicing oral history, however, were inadequate to the job of organizing and interpreting women's lives, and new models that addressed the distinctiveness of the lives of women - in all of their diversity - were needed. As one of the earliest journals devoted to feminist scholarship in the United States, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies was in the vanguard of the emerging field of women's oral history when it published its first landmark issue on the subject in 1977. Three subsequent issues exploring the evolving field has secured Frontiers' reputation at the forefront of women's oral history.

"Women's Oral History includes nineteen essays, each addressing the particularity of women's lives and experience. The collection provides both "how to" interview guides and examples of current research in sections covering basic methodology and rationale; the myriad uses of women's oral history; and discoveries and insights gained from oral history applications. The essays raise thought-provoking questions, glean original insights about the lives of women and the practice of history, and call for women to write and record their own histories."-- Back cover.

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