Country stories: the use of oral histories of the countryside to challenge the sciences of the past and future

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Country stories: the use of oral histories of the countryside to challenge the sciences of the past and future

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dc.contributor.author Harvey, David en_GB
dc.contributor.author Riley, Mark en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter (David Harvey) en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-17T11:54:32Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:38:58Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T14:30:09Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_GB
dc.description.abstract In the context of recent media, governmental, academic and popular attention and enthusiasm for debates surrounding the construction and meaning of the British countryside, this paper outlines the potential for oral history to make a contribution. Drawing on work in Devon, UK, we outline how an oral history methodology can engage with the fields of archaeological science and heritage management of landscape resources from the past, before outlining how such lay narratives may also inform present policies for the landscapes of the future. On the one hand we note the potential of oral histories for animating existing scientific narratives of landscape development. Moving from a position of scientific complicity towards one of critical engagement, we then go on to argue that oral histories may also challenge the authority of scientific knowledge, serving to destabilise existing assumptions, and offering in their stead more complex, meaningful and community-led narratives of landscape. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship This paper has been drawn from research funded through a UK Arts and Humanities Research Board ‘Innovation Award’. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 30 (1), 2005, pp. 19-32. en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1179/030801805X19681 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/42453 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Maney Publishing on behalf of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining en_GB
dc.relation.url www.maney.co.uk/journals/pua en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/pua en_GB
dc.subject Oral history en_GB
dc.subject Landscape development en_GB
dc.subject Countryside en_GB
dc.title Country stories: the use of oral histories of the countryside to challenge the sciences of the past and future en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-12-17T11:54:32Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:38:58Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T14:30:09Z
dc.identifier.issn 0308-0188 en_GB
dc.description Reproduced with permission of the publisher. © 2005 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1743-2790 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews en_GB


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