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Oral History and Understanding a Troubled Past

McCully, Alan, Scott, Darren, O'Hagan, Donal and Pettis, Sean (2015) Oral History and Understanding a Troubled Past. MuseumEdu 2, 2 . pp. 89-99. [Journal article]

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This paper argues for the role that oral history might play in helping young people better understand the legacy of the recent past in Northern Ireland. The latter is a society that is emerging from nearly forty years of conflict. First, previous more benign uses of oral history in schools are described. Next, the challenges posed to civil society in general, and schools in particular, when trying to come to terms with the violent recent past are discussed. It is argued that the characteristics of oral history are investigative and that storytelling has the potential to foster empathetic understanding for the other. Finally, a model for intervention is presented, a recent practical application evaluated and suggestions made as to how the work might be taken forward

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Oral History Conflict Legacy
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:32718
Deposited By: Dr Alan McCully
Deposited On:06 Jan 2016 13:10
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:20

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