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A choice of oral histories that demonstrate the lack of cultural continuity, identification, shifts in family members obligations, gender roles and fractured relationships among generations which are just a few of the demanding situations humans face as they try and rebuild lives and communities.

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The dam, he said, would destroy our future generations. ” I was at a loss to understand. I was young. I wondered what that man was saying. I couldn’t get the hang of it.

For the resettlement project, as with similar ones, most interviewers had no prior experience of open-ended interviewing, and few had university-level education. 3 In Jharkhand, India, for example (see Chapter 6), eight of the ten interviewers had themselves been displaced by coal mining. Education levels occasionally limit how many members of a community can become interviewers. In the Lesotho collections (see chapters 7 and 8), the low literacy levels of Molika-liko’s residents meant they could not undertake the interviewing task, which involves lengthy amounts of transcription.

Translation is again an issue. Unable to speak the multiplicity of languages, we cannot use the tape-recordings to better understand inflection, nuance, pace, and mood of the speaker, although we do our best to minimize misinterpretation. The emphasis on the value of process also has implications for the analysis or interpretation of the testimonies. Variability in the quality of the interviews has to be accepted. At their best, these interviews are vivid, full of human detail, powerful, and even poetic—despite caveats over translation and transcription.

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