Elite Oral History Discourse: A Study of Cooperation and Coherence by Eva M. McmahanElite Oral History Discourse: A Study of Cooperation and Coherence by Eva M. Mcmahan

Elite Oral History Discourse: A Study of Cooperation and Coherence

byEva M. McmahanForeword byRonald J. Grele

Paperback | October 15, 2015

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Over the past thirty years, oral history has found increasing favor among social scientists and humanists, with scholars “ rediscovering” the oral interview as a valuable method for obtaining information about the daily realities and historical consciousness of people, their histories, and their culture. One primary issue is the question of how the communicative performances of the interviewer and narrator jointly influence the interview. Using methods of conversation/discourse analysis, the author describes the collaborative processes that enable interviewers and narrators to interact successfully in the interview context.

Eva M. McMahan is a professor emeritus of communication studies at James Madison University. She is the coeditor of Interactive Oral History Interviewing.Ronald J. Grele is the former director of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office. He is the author of Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History and editor of Subjectiv...
Title:Elite Oral History Discourse: A Study of Cooperation and CoherenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2015Publisher:University Of Alabama PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0817358544

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“ McMahan does a fine job of exploring for oral history the implications of both hermeneutic philosophy and communications/discourse theory. Moreover, McMahan demonstrates powerfully that the issues engaged in such theories and research are not merely relevant, but inescapably fundamental to the root documents and processes of oral history. A fascinating book.” — Michael Frisch, SUNY-Buffalo, Editor, The Oral History Review