The Wages of History: Emotional Labor on Public History's Front Lines - Public History in Historical Perspective (Hardback)Amy M. Tyson (author)
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Although many who are drawn to such work initially see it as a privilege - an opportunity to connect with the public in meaningful ways through the medium of history - the realities of the job almost inevitably alter that view. Not only do interpreters make considerable sacrifices, both emotional and financial, in order to pursue their work, but their sense of special status can lead them to avoid confronting troubling conditions on the job, at times fueling tensions in the workplace.This case study also offers insights - many drawn from the author's seven years of working as an interpreter at Fort Snelling - into the way gendered roles and behaviors from the past play out among the workers, the importance of creative autonomy to historical interpreters, and the ways those on public history's front lines both resist and embrace the site's more difficult and painful histories relating to slavery and American Indian genocide.
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
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