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Re-presenting the Past
Volume: 33, Issue: 1 (2005)
Articles
Mythologising Al-Nakba: Narratives, Collective Identity And Cultural Practice Among Palestinian Refugees In Lebanon
As the ranks of first-generation Palestinian refugees continues to thin and hope of return appears remote, the symbolic value placed on 1948 as the key date in Palestinian history continues to rise. Since most first-generation refugees with memories of Palestine are illiterate, oral history has been assumed to be the principal means for sustaining national history and identity among refugees. This article reconsiders the emphasis on 1948 narratives in the production of national belonging in Shateela camp, Lebanon. It suggests that cultural transmission depends less on oral performance and commemorative practices memorialising 1948 than on fragmentary moments that make up the idiomatic fabric of everyday life. New communication technologies are altering the form and content of historical discourse, with the processes of transmission becoming less narrative-based, more visual and increasingly individuated.
Author(s): Diana Allan
Keywords: National history; Personal memory; Imagined nostalgia; Communication technology; Palestine; Lebanon; refugees

Gypsy Oral History In Serbia: From Poverty To Culture
This account presents the voice of a Serbian Gypsy who still remembers his heritage and traditions. The Gypsy oral history presented here demonstrates that Gypsy behaviour can be better understood by bringing together the narration of local people with the objective data produced by anthropology: this story tells as much about the Gypsy present in Serbia as about their past, and Gypsy traditional behaviour, usually taken as the result of poverty, is better understood.
Author(s): Jelena âvoroviç
Keywords: gypsies; tradition; ethnic identity; Serbia

Hearing Women’s Voices: Female Migration To Canada In The Early Twentieth Century
Oral history interviews are a key source for interpreting the migration of women who are often voiceless in the historical record. Interviews with Scottish women who came to Canada as domestic servants between 1912 and 1929 reveal how these women perceived their choices within the gender expectations of their class and culture. As working women with limited opportunity in Scotland they responded to the possibility of changing their lives through migration. Personal as well as cultural values shaped the women’s stories. A comparison of the narratives of two pre-war migrants illustrates the importance of how the women scripted their interpretation of their lives.
Author(s): Marilyn Barber
Keywords: migration; servants; Scotland; Canada

‘I Don’t Think They Ever Really Wanted To Know Anything About Us’: Oral History Interviews With Learning Disability Nurses
This article considers the work of a small group within the nursing profession in the period after the Second World War when they were responsible for running the UK’s large institutions for people with learning disabilities. The oral histories provide a story of work within difficult and isolated conditions. The article discusses a complex history with interviewees relating a combination of discomfort about their memories of work within the institutions, together with a pride in certain aspects of the work. The material is organised into five themes: insights into the institutions; the residents; the isolation; insights into the work; recruitment.
Author(s): Duncan Mitchell and Anne-Marie Rafferty
Keywords: learning disability nursing; history of nursing; history of learning disability

Bury Me In Purple Lurex: Promoting A New Dynamic Between Fashion And Oral Historical Research
In the field of the historical study of fashion and dress the use of oral history as a research methodology to date is limited. The purpose of this essay is to reflect why this might be, situating such lack in relation to both oral and fashion historical studies’ own battles with academic prejudice and, further, to disciplinary disjunctures within the field of fashion and dress itself. More controversially, it will suggest that the resulting historiographical lacuna is one equally inflected with prejudices from within both fields towards each other. At the same time however, it also hopes to demonstrate the ways in which dress-based oral history testimonies might contribute to a progressive and mutually informative dialogue between clothing and oral historians and their research.
Author(s): Geraldine Biddle-Perry
Keywords: fashion and dress history; academic prejudice; multidisciplinary approaches

Funding
Applying To The Heritage Lottery Fund: The Portsmouth Experience
Author(s): John Stedman

Reviews
History and the Media
Author(s): David Cannadine (ed)

The English Civil War Part II: Personal Accounts of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike
Author(s): Jeremy Deller

After Such Knowledge: A Meditation on the Aftermath of the Holocaust
Author(s): Eva Hoffman

Somalia – The Untold Story: The War Through The Eyes of Somali Women
Author(s): Judith Gardner and Judy el Bushra (eds)

D-Day Sixtieth Anniversary Exhibition
Author(s): Imperial War Museum, London

Insistent Voices: Stories on Claiming Identity
Author(s): Tony Taylor

The Making of the Modern Kitchen: A Cultural History
Author(s): June Freeman

Qualitative Research Practice
Author(s): Clive Searle, Giampietro Gobo, Jaber F. Gubrium and David Silverman (eds)