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Title: Telling Objects: Material Culture and Memory in Oral History Interviews
Contributor(s): Wilton, Janis (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: The value of material objects in stimulating memory is profound. Yet, as this article argues, where the role of objects is recognised at all, their use can be too readily confined to discussion of photographs or memorabilia, or can focus myopically on those objects most readily available. In an insightful revisiting of some of her own interviewing practices and situations, the author of this piece shows how objects can sometimes serve to drive interviews in the wrong direction, but can also be used more productively as a tool for exposing deeper layers of memory and meaning. Through a series of interviews with her mother, the author explores the possibilities of acknowledging the role of objects in memory while recognising the significance of context, and avoiding the pitfalls inherent in making the objects themselves, as material traces and remains, too central a focus of the interview process.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Oral History Association of Australia Journal (30: Old Stories, New Ways (2)), p. 41-49
Publisher: Oral History Association of Australia
Place of Publication: Perth
ISSN: 0158-7366
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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