Oral History and Public Memories

9781592131402: Hardback
Release Date: 17th April 2008

9781592131419: Paperback
Release Date: 17th April 2008

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 320

Series Critical Perspectives On The P

Temple University Press

Oral History and Public Memories

Oral history is inherently about memory, and when oral history interviews are used \u0022in public,\u0022 they invariably both reflect and shape public memories of the past. Oral History and Public Memories is the only book that explores this relationship, in fourteen case studies of oral history's use in a variety of venues and media around the world. Readers will learn, for example, of oral history based efforts to reclaim community memory in post-apartheid Cape Town, South Africa; of the role of personal testimony in changing public understanding of Japanese American history in the American West; of oral history's value in mapping heritage sites important to Australia's Aboriginal population; and of the way an oral history project with homeless people in Cleveland, Ohio became a tool for popular education. Taken together, these original essays link the well established practice of oral history to the burgeoning field of memory studies.
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Oral history is inherently about memory, and when oral history interviews are used \u0022in public,\u0022 they invariably both reflect and shape public memories of the past. Oral History and Public Memories is the only book that explores this relationship, in fourteen case studies of oral history's use in a variety of venues and media around the world. Readers will learn, for example, of oral history based efforts to reclaim community memory in post-apartheid Cape Town, South Africa; of the role of personal testimony in changing public understanding of Japanese American history in the American West; of oral history's value in mapping heritage sites important to Australia's Aboriginal population; and of the way an oral history project with homeless people in Cleveland, Ohio became a tool for popular education. Taken together, these original essays link the well established practice of oral history to the burgeoning field of memory studies.

Introduction                                                 
Section I:  Creating Heritage
              
Chapter 1: Parks Canada, the Commemoration of Canada, and Northern Aboriginal Oral History
David Neufeld                                   
Chapter 2: History from Above: The Use of Oral History in Shaping Collective Memory in Singapore
Kevin Blackburn                                                         
Chapter 3: Mapping Memories:  Oral History for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in New South Wales, Australia
Maria Nugent                                                                            
Chapter 4: Moving beyond the Walls:  The Oral History of the Ottoman Fortress Villages of Seddülbahir and Kumkale
Isil Cerem Cenker and Lucienne Thys-Senocak           

Chapter 5: Private Memory in a Public Space: Oral History and Museums
Selma Thomas                               

Section II: Recreating Identity and Community                             
Chapter 6: Imagining Communities:  Memory, Loss, and Resilience
in Post-Apartheid Cape Town
Sean Field                                                   

Chapter 7: Contested Places in Public Memory:  Reflections on Personal Testimony and Oral History in Japanese American Heritage
Gail Lee Dubrow                                               
                                     
Chapter 8: "Scars in the Ground":  Kauri Gum Stories
Senka Bo√ic-Vrbancic                         

Chapter 9: Memory and Mourning: Living Oral History with Queer Latinos
in San Francisco
Horacio N. Roque Ramírez                               
Chapter 10: Interfaced Memory:  Black World War II Ex-GIs and Veterans Reunions of the late Twentieth Century
Robert Jefferson                           

Section III:  Making Change                               
Chapter 11: Public Memory as Arena of Contested Meanings:  A Student Project on Migration
Riki Van Boeschoten                           

Chapter 12: Countering Corporate Narratives from the Streets: The Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project
Daniel Kerr                               

Chapter 13:  Public Memory, Gender, and National Identity in Post-War Kosovo: The Albanian Community
Silvia Salvatici                                
Chapter 14: Seeing the Past, Visions of the Future:  Memory Workshops
with Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia
Pilar Riaño-Alcalá                               
Notes                                       
Contributors                                   

Paula Hamilton is Associate Professor in History at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She is co-director of the Australian Centre for Public History and co-editor of Public History Review.

Linda Shopes is a freelance editor and consultant and formerly a historian at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. She is Past President of the U.S. Oral History Association and co-editor of the series Studies in Oral History.

"A fine, well-conceived book, refreshingly direct and engaged. A collection of sparkling essays that show oral history at work in a diverse array of contexts, levels, and engagements. They demonstrate powerfully its consequentiality for thinking clearly about meaningful intersections in public space, public life, community sensibility, and mobilized memory. This is no small accomplishment."
Michael Frisch, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York