Oral History in Southeast Asia: Theory and Method

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Review

"The volume shines in its methodological sections, identifying and exploring methodological problems that the authors have found to be particularly acute in a Southeast Asian context .... Overall, this collection of the work of Southeast Asian scholars constitutes an important milestone in the developing field of oral history in Southeast Asia" (Asian Folklore Studies).

About the Publication

Oral History is a means of recording the past, through interviews. There has been much oral history activity in Southeast Asia since the 1960s at both the institutional and individual levels. This volume contains a range of papers dealing with the theoretical, methodological and practical issues in oral history and the unique problems of their application in the Southeast Asian context. The authors include both academics and practitioners who bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience in anthropology, history, sociology, publishing and archives administration.
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          

Contents

Preliminary pages
1. A Global Perspective of Oral History in Southeast Asia, by James H Morrison, author
2. The Value of Oral Testimony: Text and Orality in the Reconstruction of the Past, by Kwa Chong Guan, author
3. Ideology and Oral History Institutions in Southeast Asia, by Hong Lysa , author
4. Oral History Methodology: The Life History Approach, by Daniel Chew, author
5. Interviewing the Business and Political Elite of Singapore: Methods and Problems, by Lim How Seng, author
6. Oral History and Self Portraits: Interviewing the Thai Elite, by Yos Santasombat, author
7. The Narrative Interview Process, by Nirmala PuruShotam, author
8. Some Experiences and Issues of Cross-Cultural Fieldwork in Singapore, by Lai Ah Eng, author
9. The Reconstruction of Life Histories, by Patricia Lim Pui Huen , author
10. The Writing of the Biography of Tan Sri Fatimah Hashim, by Azizah Mokhzani, author
11. Directory of Oral History Institutions in Southeast Asia
Index

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