Introduction: From Interview to Life Story: Methodology and Ethics in Oral History

Ilic, Melanie J ORCID: 0000-0002-2219-9693 (2015) Introduction: From Interview to Life Story: Methodology and Ethics in Oral History. In: The Soviet Past in the Post-Socialist Present: Methodology and Ethics in Russian, Baltic and Central European Oral History and Memory Studies. Routledge Approaches to History . Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 3-11. ISBN 9781138933453

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The case study chapters included in this volume are presented by authors who, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, have been closely engaged in the practice of oral history and memory studies through their academic research in the specific post-Soviet and post-socialist contexts in the Russian Federation, the Baltic States and several countries in the former East European bloc (notably here the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, as well as the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, though our findings could be applied more widely). In collating these case studies, we have been particularly interested in the methodologies employed by the researchers: that is, the ways in which they conducted their research and the reasons why they chose these particular methods; it is interesting also to examine why the contributors sometimes chose to reject particular approaches in the conduct of their research. In addition, we have also been interested in focusing in part on the elaboration of the ethical issues that arose during the research process and how the contributing authors dealt with these. How did these researchers ensure that they acted in the best and most appropriate manner towards their interview respondents and in the use of other related sources of primary data?

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 12
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research methodology, research ethics, Oral history, Russia; Oral history, Baltic states, Oral history, Easter Europe; 2030
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 11:56
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:55

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