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Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Research-Elicited Data for Longitudinal Analysis. The Case of Oral History Data on World War II Forced Labourers

Thonfeld, C; (2009) Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Research-Elicited Data for Longitudinal Analysis. The Case of Oral History Data on World War II Forced Labourers. Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung , 34 (3) pp. 60-70. 10.12759/hsr.34.2009.3.60-70. Green open access

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Abstract

Since a number of disciplines have developed methodological and interpretive approaches towards Oral History, the dialogue between History and Sociology about the possible use of life story interviews for longitudinal analysis has been under pressure from a variety of influences in a rapidly evolving discursive field. While psychology and brain research have thrown the scientific substance of narrative interviews as such into doubt, media and museums assign strictly defined roles to interview materials to serve their representative needs. At the same time, paradigm shifts and terminological trends within social and cultural sciences further narrow the room for manoeuvre for Oral History as far as opening up of a perspective on individual handling of past events within a biography is concerned. Drawing on experiences of an interview project with World War II forced labourers, the article explores what contribution Oral History can still make to a qualitative dimension of longitudinal analysis.

Type: Article
Title: Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Research-Elicited Data for Longitudinal Analysis. The Case of Oral History Data on World War II Forced Labourers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.12759/hsr.34.2009.3.60-70
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.34.2009.3.60-70
Language: English
Additional information: This document is made available under a CC BY Licence (Attribution). For more Information see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Keywords: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, History, History Of Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Social Sciences - Other Topics, Longitudinal Analysis, Oral History, qualitative interviews, Archiving, secondary analysis, Data Access, Cultural Memory
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066783
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