New thematic guide on oral history studies

Article dated: 20 December 2006

ESDS Qualidata has added a new thematic guide - this one focusing on oral history studies. Oral history is a method which records and explores the biographical accounts people give of their own lives and those of their preceding generations. Oral history projects allow for the importance of individual stories to be understood as a part of a wider social context. Furthermore these projects help to construct an important account of local community and family histories which can be preserved and passed through the generations. ESDS holds a number of significant and important oral history projects and this guide details some of the relevant qualitative data studies on this subject. It also explains how to find other studies on this theme through the Data Catalogue. 

Other guides in the series include themes on: social class and social change; crime and social control; later life; health; gender; family, and institutional studies.