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Life Stories and Living Texts

The Political Use of Oral Sources in the Storytelling of Turkey’s Past

Carlotta De Sanctis    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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abstract

This contribution deals with issues related to the use of oral sources in historical research carried out during times marked by high political tensions and it focuses on the case of contemporary Turkey. Storytelling implies selection and assembly, through which interviewees shape an image of themselves but also of their relationship with others and with the world. The purpose is to analyse the narrative potential of oral sources by examining a sample of biographical testimonies of left-wing intellectuals who actively contributed to the constitution of the ‘civil society’ during the 1980s. The selected interviews show how contemporary political events deeply affect the relationship with the past.

Pubblicato
06 Dicembre 2018
Accettato
24 Settembre 2018
Presentato
06 Luglio 2018
Lingua
EN

Keywords: New Social MovementsInterviewsContemporary TurkeyOral History

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