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ERIC Number: ED177635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Communication in the Oral History Interview: Investigating Problems of Interpreting Oral Data.
Clark, E. Culpepper; And Others
The application of hermeneutic theory to the study of the oral history interview is proposed in this paper. The first section of the paper indicates why the oral interview is central to the approach of the oral historian; it then defines oral history as a communicative process and suggests an approach to investigating the oral interview that uses hermeneutics as an interpretive social science. The second section explains some essential presuppositions of hermeneutic theory, shows how the oral history interview may be represented thematically as having four distinct but interdependent hermeneutical relationships, and tells how the application of a dialectical logic to the oral interview yields categories of communicative interaction that describe how meaning is constructed and transformed in the interview. In its final section, the paper proposes research questions to be answered in a study of the oral history interview as a hermeneutical situation and describes proposed research methodology involving conversational analyses of three types of data: videotapes of oral history interviews, audiotapes of stimulated recall sessions with selected participants, and interviewers' free-response written descriptions of their expectations about the input and the output of their respective interviews. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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