Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis

Paperback | May 15, 2014

EditorMark Cave, Stephen M. Sloan

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From the headlines of local newspapers to the coverage of major media outlets, scenes of war, natural disaster, political revolution and ethnic repression greet readers and viewers at every turn. What we often fail to grasp, however, despite numerous treatments of events is the deep meaningand broader significance of crisis and disaster. The complexity and texture of these situations are most evident in the broader personal stories of those whom the events impact most intimately. Oral history, with its focus on listening and collaborative creation with participants, has emerged as aforceful approach to exploring the human experience of crisis.Despite the recent growth of crisis oral history fieldwork, there has been little formal discussion of the process and meaning of utilizing oral history in these environments. Oral history research takes on special dimensions when working in highly charged situations often in close proximity totraumatic events. The emergent inclination for oral historians to respond to document crisis calls for a shared conversation among scholars as to what we have learned from crisis work so far. This dialogue, at the heart of this collection of oral history excerpts and essays, reveals new layers ofthe work of the oral historian. From the perspective of crisis and disaster oral history, the book addresses both the ways in which we think about the craft of oral hsitory, and the manner in which we use it.The book presents excerpts from oral histories done after twelve world crises, followed by critical analyses by the interviewers. Additional analytical chapters set the interviews in the contexts of pyschoanalysis and oral history methodology.

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From the headlines of local newspapers to the coverage of major media outlets, scenes of war, natural disaster, political revolution and ethnic repression greet readers and viewers at every turn. What we often fail to grasp, however, despite numerous treatments of events is the deep meaningand broader significance of crisis and disaste...

Mark Cave is Curator of manuscripts and oral historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Stephen M. Sloan is Assistant Professor of history and director at the Institute for Oral History, Baylor University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mark Cave: Introduction: What Remains: Reflections on Crisis Oral HistoryPart I: Clamor1. Selma Leydesdorff: When All is Lost: Metanarrative in the Oral History of Hanifa, Survivor of SrebrenicaOral history by Selma Leydesdorff with "Hanifa," Refugee camp, East Bosnia, April 20042. Denise Phillips: "To Dream My Family Tonight": Listening to Stories of Grief and Hope among Hazaras Refugees in AustraliaOral histories by Denise Phillips with Reza and Juma, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia, 2004-20113. Tamara Kennelly and Susan E. Fleming-Cook: Exhuming the Self: Trauma and Student Survivors of the Shootings at Virginia TechOral histories by Susan E. Fleming Cook with Yang Kim, Derek O'Dell, and Kristina Heeger-Anderson, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2009-20104. Elizabeth Campisi: Talking Cure: Trauma, Narrative, and the Cuban Rafter CrisisOral histories by Elizabeth Campisi with Cuban Rafter Crisis survivors conducted in Miami, Florida, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Rochester, New York, 1998-20015. Taylor Krauss: In the Ghost Forest: Listening to Tutsi RescapesOral histories by Taylor Krauss with Rwandan Rescap.s, Kigali, Rwanda, 2007-20086. Ghislaine Boulanger: The Continuing and Unfinished Present: Oral History and Psychoanalysis in the Aftermath of TerrorPart II: Resonance7. Mark Cave: Unlocked: Perspective and the New Orleans Prison Evacuation CrisisOral histories by Mark Cave with members of the Louisiana Department of Corrections, Angola, Pineville, and Keithville, Louisiana, March 23 and 24, June 17 and 18, 20098. Eric Meringer: Living Too in Murder City: Oral History as Alternative Perspective to the Drug War in Ciudad JuarezOral histories by Eric Rodrigo Meringer with Ju rez residents Jonathan, Rosa and Raul, Ciudad Ju rez, Mexico, 2009-20109. Karin Mak: Until Our Last Breath: Voices of Poisoned Workers in ChinaOral histories by Karin Mak with "Ren," "Min," "Fu," and "Wu," Huizhou, Guangdong and rural Sichuan, China, August and September, 200710. Eleonora Rohland, Maike Becker, Gitte Cullmann, Ingo Haltermann, Franz Mauelshagen: Woven Together: Attachment to Place in the Aftermath of Disaster, Perspectives from Four ContinentsOral histories by Eleonora Rohland, Maike Becker, Gitte Cullmann, and Ingo Haltermann with residents of New Orleans, Louisiana; Accra, Ghana; eastern Brandenburg, Germany; and Chait.n, Chile, 2009-201011. Steven High: Smile Through the Tears: Life, Art, and the Rwandan GenocideOral history by Jessica Silva with Rupert Bazambanza, Montreal, Canada, June 3 and 12 and July 6, 200812. David Peters: A Spiritual War: Crises of Faith in Combat Chaplains from Iraq and AfghanistanInterviews by David W. Peters with "Christina," "Michael," "Timothy," Craig," and "George," Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 20113. Mary Marshall Clark: A Long Song: Oral History in the Time of Emergency and AfterOral histories by Gerry Albarelli and Temma Kaplan with Mohammad Bilal-Mizra, Talat Hamdani, Zaheer Jaffery, Salman Jaffery, and Zohra Saed, New York City, October 2001 to June 2005Stephen Sloan: Conclusion: The Fabric of Crisis: Approaching the Heart of Oral HistoryContributorsIndex