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ISBN-13: 978-0759106550 ISBN-10: 075910655X Edition: 2nd edition

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Recording Oral History, Second Edition is wonderful―it's like being with Valerie Yow in person and sharing her experiences of three decades of oral history interviewing. The book analyzes what happens when two human beings sit down together with a recorder, with all the wonder and messiness inherent in the oral history process. Yow thoroughly explains best practices in conducting interviews that are both of high technical quality and the highest ethical standards. Old and new readers alike will benefit from the added sections on memory, narrative, and interpretation. (Rebecca Sharpless, Texas Christian University)

How nice―and how rare―it is when a favorite text undergoes revision and comes out even better! Yow (book review editor, Oral History Review, and independent scholar) has once again hit the jackpot with her second edition of Recording Oral History (1994). . . This is a must own book for anyone, novice or expert, who engages or wants to engage in oral history research. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. (CHOICE)

Minor cosmetic changes, substantial renovations, and the two new wings add considerable value to this already invaluable, popular guide. Other excellent oral history manuals are available, but this one is the most comprehensive. It also is accessible, entertaining, and sensible. (Michael A. Gordon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

...Yow's book provides an exceedingly valuable resource for historians, students, teachers, and others interested in recording and using interviews as a means to learn about the past. Recording Oral History is the kind of manual that researchers will want to return to repeatedly for advice and inspiration. (Journal Of The Illinois State Historical Society)

Valerie Yow's Recording Oral History, Second Edition is an excellent guide for both the established oral historian and the student. Yow's discussions of issues such as ethics and legalities, varieties of oral history projects, and aspects of interpretation are succinct, graceful, and intelligent. I recommend it for all practitioners! (Kim Lacy Rogers, president, Oral History Association)

About the Author

Valerie Raleigh Yow received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin, and is the book review editor for the Oral History Review. She has been Associate Director of the State Oral History Project in Rhode island, a member of the history department at the University of Rhode island, and a faculty member at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. She has served as a consultant on numerous oral history projects and delivered papers at annual conferences of the Oral History Association and the American Association for the History of Medicine. She is an independent scholar living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she researches and writes histories and conducts a private practice in psychotherapy.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press; 2nd edition edition (April 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075910655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759106550
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ansley on February 24, 2012
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In this second edition, the reputability and popularity of the 1st ed. hold true but with added updates to incorporate new technologies not mentioned in the 1st. The language throughout is in the tone of an advanced oral historian speaking to general readers and to other advanced historians. Both approaches are in this book. All sentences are informative, but some speak to an audience with training. If you are looking for something entirely introductory to the field of history as a whole, a large portion of this work might seem inaccessible to you. The book itself is a goldmine of recommended reference books and published oral histories.

A breakdown of chapters:

1. Introduction to the In-Depth Interview: Definitions, uses, research method comparisons

2. Oral History and Memory: Analysis of human memory from narrative and psychological standpoints; discussion of factors affecting memory; how research factors in; differences in how people remember based on the general nature of event or personal perception; reliability of memory

3. Preparation for the Interview: Practical tips and guidelines ranging from conceptualizing to step-by-step protocol for scheduling the event

4. Interviewing Techniques: practical how-to...good advice

5. Legalities and Ethics: what is necessary to know in order to be aware of lawsuits, etc.

6. Interpersonal Relations in the Interview: the affecting tendencies of the interview, both on narrator and interviewer

7. Varieties of Oral History Projects (Community Studies): lots of examples and guidelines of projects--detailed

8. Varieties of Oral History Projects (Biography): " "

9. Varieties of Oral History Projects (Family Research): " "

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By B. Petnick on November 8, 2014
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I have recommended this book to many students over the years and have two copies in my personal library. I have many tomes on the vast subject of oral history, but for practical advice and helping up- and- coming oral historians off to a good start, this is the indispensable go-to book. Valerie Yow hits all the key topics and gives a lot of space in her book to interviewing, the essential transaction in any oral history enterprise.
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Gives tons of information on how to interview, and what you should remember while completing the process of interviewing. Great book.
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