Lessons from the Past: Listening to Our Stories, Reading Our Lives: The Place of Oral Histories in Our Lives

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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


This chapter examines the role oral histories can and should play in moving marginalized populations and voices from the footnotes of history. By centering oral histories as an essential methodological tool in the writing of history, researcher and practitioners can challenge monolithic readings of lives and histories, especially from communities of color. Similarly, the chapter challenges the reader and practitioners to think of how such methodology as sites of resistance, deconstructing power structures that relegated these voices to the margins. Further, this chapter highlights the role of educators/researchers in working alongside practitioners and students to bring in those voices, yes, but similarly to engage in ethical approaches in the collecting or engaging of those histories.


Oral history Memory Corroboration Voice Silenced history 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA

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