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The Voice of the Past

Oral History

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Oral history and life stories, through recording the experiences of people of all kinds, invigorate both past and present, broadening life's base with unique testimony from hidden spheres of experience such as family relationships, the informal culture of work or the lives of migrants. This fully revised fourth edition of Paul Thompson's classic The Voice of the Past offers an invaluable tool for anyone using this approach.
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"First published in 1978, <em>The Voice of the Past</em> was the pioneering, landmark book on oral history. Four decades later, this new edition showcases and examines the breathtaking energy, intellectual sophistication, and political impact of oral history today."--Alistair Thomson, Professor of History, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia"This newly updated edition of <em>The Voice of the Past</em> retains all the significance of this classic's earlier versions while adding valuable new sections and perspectives. While an emphasis on social justice remains at the fore, this fourth edition engages with other issues that oral historians have recently begun to explore as our methodology continues to evolve."--Mary Larson, former president, Oral History Association"An indispensable guide to every aspect of oral history, written and updated by two inspirational pioneers in this important field."--Steve Humphries, Director, Testimony Films, UK"What a delight to have a classic book not only reissued but thoroughly updated in a very inspiring way. It adds exciting new dimensions and perspectives to the expansive and interdisciplinary field of oral history."--Orvar Lofgren, Emeritus Professor of Ethnology, Lund University, Sweden"<em>The Voice of the Past</em> is a classic. It is a journey that gives you a 360* worldwide perspective of what oral history is and can be. It is also a very generous contribution that has encouraged the development of many different sorts of initiatives around the world."--Karen Worcman, Director, Museu da Pessoa, Sao Paulo"<em>The Voice of the Past</em> is a classic of unrivalled relevance in its field and beyond Thompson's book asserts with prodigious intelligence, in a language accessible to all, how we can escape the ghettos of fatalism only by listening to everyone's voices; how oral history is by far our greatest weapon against self-ignorance and the prejudice that we have developed in relation to ourselves as First Peoples. Thompson's work authoritatively confirms our intuition that not only our stories matter but that our memories are treasures and the plinth on which our identities, mode of governance, relation to the land and to the past will be re-established As any masterpiece, <em>The Voice of the Past</em> puts people at the heart of history and equips us daily, as Indigenous peoples, on the path of regaining self-knowledge, agency and a renewed desire to imagine what we want to become "--Pierrot Ross-Tremblay, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada"<em>The Voice of the Past</em> is the classic handbook for anyone who wants to explore oral history. This new edition brings it up to date with new ideas and new technologies, but it is the democratic generosity of the approach that will make the book enduringly attractive. If you read it, the next thing you will want to do is get your hands on a recording device and set out to discover real lives."--Catherine Merridale, author of <em>Ivan's War</em>"<em>The Voice of the Past</em> has become an institution in the field of oral history. With its new edition, it is updated, expanded and enriched to reflect on the growth and sophistication of the field itself. It is about both the method and the meaning of oral history. It offers answers to practical questions, discussions of theoretical issues and ethical dilemmas, reassurance and inspiration. An encyclopaedia, a guide, a challenge and a spur."--Daniela Koleva, St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia"The first edition of <em>The Voice of the Past</em> was groundbreaking book, immediately translated into Swedish and it became a must-read in Scandinavia, both inside and outside academia. This fourth expanded and updated edition again brings together knowledge and experience

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Paul Thompson is Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the University of Essex. He is Founder-Editor of Oral History and Founder of National Life Stories at the British Library. He is a pioneer of oral history in Europe and author of the international classic The Voice of the Past. His other books include The Edwardians and Living the Fishing. He is co-author of Pathways to Social Class and Growing Up in Stepfamilies, and most recently, Jamaican Hands Across the Atlantic. Joanna Bornat is Emeritus Professor of Oral History at the Open University, UK. She has a longstanding involvement in oral history, nationally and internationally, and has been an editor of the Oral History for many years. She has researched and published on various oral history topics including migration, the family, reminiscence, religion and non belief, and gender together with an interest in the re-use of archived interviews and aspects of community oral history.


Preface to the Fourth Edition 1. History and the Community 2. Historians and Oral History 3. Reaching Out: Other Cultures 4. Parallel Strands 5. Transforming Oral History through Theory 6. The Achievement of Oral History 7. Evidence 8. Memory and the Self 9. Projects 10. The Interview 11. After the Interview 12. Interpretation Appendix: Three Life-Story Interview Guides Notes Bibliography Websites Index