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Memory, meaning, and resistance : reflecting on oral history and women at the margins / Fran Leeper Buss.

Author/creator Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Ann Arbor, MI : University of Michigan Press, [2017]
Descriptionxv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Introduction -- Situated locations : eight girls, trying to have a boy -- Agency : god gave you a big mouth -- Memory construction : since daddy made God die -- Interrelationships : the third testament -- Meaning : the footprints of our lives -- Knowledge from below : we left our berries to rot -- Activism and social movements : a brown statue of liberty -- Activism and spirituality : like a conversion -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- Appendix: profiles of the women mentioned -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary Fran Leeper Buss, a former welfare recipient who earned a PhD in history and became a pioneer in the field of oral history, has for forty years dedicated herself to the goal of collecting the stories of marginal and working-class U.S. women. Memory, Meaning, and Resistance is based on over 100 oral histories gathered from women from a variety of racial, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds, including a traditionalMexican American midwife, a Latina poet and organizer for the United Farm Workers, and an African American union and freedom movement organizer. Buss now analyzes this body of work, identifying common themes in women's lives and resistance that unite the oral histories she has gathered. From the beginning, her work has shed light on the inseparable, compounding effects of gender, race, ethnicity, and class on women's lives-what is now commonly called intersectionality. Memory, Meaning, and Resistance is structured thematically, with each chapter analyzing a concept that runs through the oral histories, e.g., agency, activism, religion. The result is a testament to women's individual and collective strength, and an invaluable guide for students and researchers, on how to effectively and sensitively conduct oral histories that observe, record, recount, and analyze women's life stories.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 201-205) and index.
Genre/formBiography.
LCCN 2017012623
ISBN9780472053599 paperback alkaline paper
ISBN0472053590 paperback alkaline paper
ISBN9780472073597 hardcover alkaline paper
ISBN0472073591 hardcover alkaline paper
ISBNelectronic book
Standard identifier# 40027594109

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