Introduction

Sensitive oral historians sometimes comment about a feeling they have of intruding in others’ lives, of stepping into personal places where only those who are going to be around for longer than a taping session have any right to be. James Hornby ofThe Island Magazinein Charlottetown once spoke about...

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Published in: Away p. 3
Main Author: GARY BURRILL
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: MQUP 06-01-1992
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Summary: Sensitive oral historians sometimes comment about a feeling they have of intruding in others’ lives, of stepping into personal places where only those who are going to be around for longer than a taping session have any right to be. James Hornby ofThe Island Magazinein Charlottetown once spoke about this before the Atlantic Oral History Association. The “kind of exploitation I am concerned with,” he said, “stems from the relationship of collector and informant.” He continued: It is a basic tenet of fieldwork that a friendly relationship is necessary, and that to a large degree, the result you
ISBN: 9780773508996
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