Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and by Valerie Raleigh Yow

By Valerie Raleigh Yow

This complete consultant to every degree of an oral historical past interview tackles not only the practicalities of procedure, but additionally the various moral, criminal, and philosophical questions which could come up.

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R. G. Collingwood, “Limits of Historical Knowledge,” in Essays in the Philosophy of History, ed. William Debbins, 90–103 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1965); see p. 99. 71. Quoted in “W. I. Thomas: On the Definition of the Situation,” in Sociology: The Classic Statements, ed. Marcello Truzzi (New York: Random House, 1971), 274. Original discussion and quotation appeared in William Isaac Thomas, The Child in America (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928), 572. See a treatment of this concept in Peter McHugh, “Defining the Situation: The Organization of Meaning,” in Social Interaction (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1968), and Robert B.

Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997. See especially chapter 9, “The Sixth Moment,” pp. 250–89, in which Denzin discusses postmodernism’s influence on views of the researcher–researched relationship. ———. The Research Act: A Theoretical Introduction to Sociological Methods. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989. This book presents a discussion of qualitative methods that is focused on participant observation; there is information useful not only to the interviewer in the field of sociology but in other fields as well.

Keeping material possessions to oneself was against the rules of the order. Pope Gregory refused to let the man have the last rites, insisted on neglect of the dying man, and after the culprit’s death, punished him still again by having his body thrown on the garbage heap. His stated reason was that he wanted to show other monks they must adhere to the order’s rules, but this was definitely a negation of Christian ideology, which would have been to forgive. ”77 In the recounting of events, the deeper layers of our thinking may be revealed, indicating the centuries-long development of the culture in which we have our being.

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