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Title Doing recent history : on privacy, copyright, video games, institutional review boards, activist scholarship, and history that talks back / edited by Claire Bond Potter and Renee C. Romano
Published Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2012]
©2012
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 311 pages)
Series Since 1970 : histories of contemporary America
Since 1970.
Contents Just over our shoulder : the pleasures and perils of writing the recent past / Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter -- pt. 1. Framing the issues -- Not dead yet : my identity crisis as a historian of the recent past / Renee C. Romano -- Working without a script : reflections on teaching recent American history / Shelley Sang-Hee Lee -- pt. 2. Access to the archives -- Opening archives on the recent American past : reconciling the ethics of access and the ethics of privacy / Laura Clark Brown and Nancy Kaiser -- Who owns your archive? : historians and the challenge of intellectual property law / Gail Drakes -- pt. 3. Working with living subjects -- The Berkeley compromise : oral history, human subjects, and the meaning of "research" / Martin Meeker -- The presence of the past : iconic moments and the politics of interviewing in Birmingham / Willoughby Anderson -- When radical feminism talks back : taking an ethnographic turn in the living past / Claire Bond Potter -- pt. 4. Technology and the practice of recent history -- Do historians watch enough TV? : broadcast news as a primary source / David Greenberg -- Playing the past : the video game simulation as recent American history / Jeremy K. Saucier -- Eternal flames : the translingual imperative in the study of World War II memories / Alice Yang and Alan S. Christy -- pt. 5. Crafting narratives -- When the present disrupts the past : narrating home care / Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein -- "Cult" knowledge : the challenges of studying new religious movements in America / Julius H. Bailey
Summary Recent history--the very phrase seems like an oxymoron. Yet historians have been writing accounts of the recent past since printed history acquired a modern audience, and in the last several years interest in recent topics has grown exponentially. With subjects as diverse as Walmart and disco, and personalities as disparate as Chavez and Schlafly, books about the history of our own time have become arguably the most exciting and talked-about part of the discipline. Despite this rich tradition and growing popularity, historians have engaged in little discussion about the specific methodological, political, and ethical issues related to writing about the recent past. The twelve essays in this collection explore the challenges of writing histories of recent events where visibility is inherently imperfect, hindsight and perspective are lacking, and historiography is underdeveloped. Those who write about events that have taken place since 1970 encounter exciting challenges that are both familiar and foreign to scholars of a more distant past, including suspicions that their research is not historical enough, negotiation with living witnesses who have a very strong stake in their own representation, and the task of working with new electronic sources. Contributors to this collection consider a wide range of these challenges. They question how sources like television and video games can be better utilized in historical research, explore the role and regulation of doing oral histories, consider the ethics of writing about living subjects, discuss how historians can best navigate questions of privacy and copyright law, and imagine the possibilities that new technologies offer for creating transnational and translingual research opportunities. Doing Recent History offers guidance and insight to any researcher considering tackling the not-so-distant past
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Historiography -- Methodology.
Historiography -- Technological innovations.
Historiography -- United States -- Sources.
History, Modern -- Historiography -- Methodology.
United States -- History -- 20th century -- Historiography -- Methodology.
United States -- History -- 21st century -- Historiography -- Methodology.
Genre/Form Sources.
Form Electronic book
Author Potter, Claire Bond, 1958-
Romano, Renee Christine.
ISBN 0820343714 (electronic bk.)
9780820343716 (electronic bk.)