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Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Hardback)
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Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Hardback)

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Hardback 446 Pages / Published: 11/12/2014
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Recording Oral History, now available in its third edition, provides a comprehensive guide to oral history for researchers and students in diverse fields including history, sociology, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and ethnographic methods. Writing in a clear, accessible style, Valerie Yow builds on the foundations laid in prior editions of her widely used and highly regarded text to tackle not just the practicalities of interviewing but also the varied ethical, legal, and philosophical questions that can arise. The text-now twelve chapters-allows for dedicated discussion of both legalities and ethics. Other new material include recent research on how brain functions affect memory, more comprehensive demonstration of how to analyze an interview, and details on making the most of technology, both old and new. Each chapter concludes with updated and annotated Recommended Readings and tailored appendixes address new developments, such as institutional review boards and the Oral History Association's new Principles and Best Practices.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780759122666
Number of pages: 446
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 30 mm
Edition: Third Edition


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Since the appearance of the first edition in 1994, Recording Oral History has been a benchmark resource for practitioners, researchers, students, and repositories holding recorded oral interviews. Appearing now in its third edition-the second edition was in 2006-this is the premier practical guide for conducting, using, and making available to others oral history interviews. Yow arranges her guide in 11 topical chapters, leading readers through the stages of an oral history project from design and development through implementation and analysis to preservation and presentation of the completed interviews. The author supports each chapter with a focused annotated bibliography of pertinent additional sources for the topics covered. Exceptionally useful are individual chapters that focus on three familiar reasons for launching oral history projects: community studies, biographies, and family research. Notwithstanding the value of this information, Yow's ultimate achievements are the chapters that provide clear, concise examinations of the complex legal and ethical issues associated with oral history. This third edition belongs in every academic library, any library that supports humanities and social science research, and public libraries that serve constituents pursuing online degrees. Summing Up: Essential. All public and academic levels/libraries. * CHOICE *
This volume builds on the material in earlier editions, so the reader benefits from Yow's research, reflections, and experience through the years, including her thoughts about how her perspective has changed. . . .This work will serve Yow's intended audience well. Her conversational style is sprinkled with anecdotes from her own and her colleagues' experience, giving the reader a valuable learning experience as well as a fun read. Fortunate college- level students will be assigned this book as a text not only in oral history courses but in any courses involving in-depth interviewing. Newcomers to oral history or qualitative research will find the foundation they need in a deep understanding of the human interactions involved in in-depth interviewing. And seasoned oral historians will enjoy the book as they would an old friend, amused by the anecdotes, chuckling at accounts of familiar faux pas often committed, and appreciating new insights. * The Oral History Review *
Rarely during the lifetime of an author is a book deemed a `classic' yet this is such a work. Indeed, this can be considered `the bible' for the conduct of oral history interviews. As with any `bible,' it contains diverse materials with diverse origins, contains recurring themes, fascinating stories, and cannot be absorbed in one reading. The neophyte will gain insight, strength and guidance from the book's inherent wealth. The experienced practitioner will return for the detailed cautions and procedures in whatever is the moment's topic of need or uncertainty. Noting that this is the third edition should alert a potential buyer to its value within the field. * Anglican and Episcopal History *
In this third edition, Recording Oral History continues to serve as a primary reference for researchers interested in learning about the practice of oral history and the process of qualitative interviewing. Yow's years as a practitioner of oral history are reflected throughout the book, and her experiences inform her approach to both practical and theoretical issues. -- Mary A. Larson, Oklahoma State University
Recording Oral History has long been one of the `must have' texts for teaching and practicing oral history; this third edition takes a popular resource and makes it better-representing the state of the art in oral history at a time of rapid change. Yow covers all aspects of oral history, wrestles with complex issues, and provides running commentary on best practices, all while avoiding obscure and convoluted language. It is the most comprehensive overview of the field available and serves as a wise guide for both newcomers and more practiced hands. -- Ronald J. Grele, Columbia University
Recording Oral History has been my oral history bible since its first edition in 1994. This third edition is, quite simply, the world's best guide to in-depth interviewing. It combines lucid synthesis of the multidisciplinary and international literature with insightful practical advice, enlivened by Yow's deep humanity and wry humor. -- Alistair Thomson, Monash University
Recording Oral History has become a classic methodological text for good reason. Yow guides the reader through crucial practical and philosophical questions using accessible and engaging language. These discussions are beautifully contextualized, drawing on diverse bodies of literature that highlight the expansiveness of contemporary oral history practice. The book is thorough, thoughtful, and does justice to the magic that happens when people commit to listening to each other's stories. This third edition is an invaluable resource for any oral historian. -- Anna Sheftel, Saint Paul University

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