Oral History in Southeast Asia: Theory and Method

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Patricia Pui Huen Lim, Chong Guan Kwa, James H. Morrison
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1998 - History - 172 pages

 Oral History is a means of recording the past, through interviews. There has been much oral history activity in Southeast Asia since the 1960s at both the institutional and individual levels. This volume contains a range of papers dealing with the theoretical, methodological and practical issues in oral history and the unique problems of their application in the Southeast Asian context. The authors include both academics and practitioners who bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience in anthropology, history, sociology, publishing and archives administration.

 

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Contents

A Global Perspective of Oral History in Southeast Asia
1
THEORY
9
Text and Orality in
19
Ideology and Oral History Institutions in Southeast Asia
33
The Life History Approach
47
Interviewing the Thai Élite
66
The Narrative Interview Process
86
in Singapore
98
The Reconstruction of Life Histories
116
The Writing of the Biography of Tan Sri Fatimah Hashim
140
Directory of Oral History Institutions in Southeast Asia
155
Index
165
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About the author (1998)

 • Patricia Lim was a former head librarian at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

• Kwa Chong Guan is Head of External Programmes at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore, and Co-Chair of the Singapore National Committee of the Council for Security Co-operation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP).

• James H Morrison is Professor of History and Chair of Asian Studies, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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