Book review of "Moving Stories" by Alistair Thomson, with Phyllis Cave, Gwen Good, Joan Pickett and Dorothy Wright, University of New South Wales Press, 2011

Van Luyn, Ariella (2011) Book review of "Moving Stories" by Alistair Thomson, with Phyllis Cave, Gwen Good, Joan Pickett and Dorothy Wright, University of New South Wales Press, 2011. Words and Silences, 6 (1). pp. 9-11.

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[Extract] Elaine Bauer and Paul Thompson (2004, 334)observe that 'both migration and gender are—separately—two areas in which oral history and life story evidence have been recognised as having a special power'. Moving Stories (2011), written by Alistair Thomson in collaboration with Phyllis Cave, Gwen Good, Joan Pickett and Dorothy Wright, demonstrates oral history's 'special power' to 'connect, on the one hand, the transitions that [women] experience through migration between cultures, and, on the other hand, the often hidden connections and differences between men's and women's experiences in work and family life'(Bauer and Thompson 2004, 334). The book's focus on personal, emotional, and domestic detail reaffirms oral history's role in exploring historical phenomena through subjective experience. Moving Stories also makes a valuable contribution to the discussion about the co-production of historical accounts.

Item ID: 25978
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 2222-4181
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2013 04:08
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography @ 40%
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