To name or not to name: reflections on the use of anonymity in an oral archive of migrant life narratives

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dc.contributor.author Ní Laoire, Caitríona
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-19T16:38:44Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-19T16:38:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2007-06
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Ni Laoire, C.; (2007) 'To name or not to name: reflections on the use of anonymity in an oral archive of migrant life narratives'. Social and Cultural Geography, 8 (3):373-393. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360701488807 en
dc.identifier.volume 8 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 373 en
dc.identifier.endpage 393 en
dc.identifier.issn 1464-9365
dc.identifier.issn 1470-1197
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/898
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/14649360701488807
dc.description.abstract This paper draws on an oral archive project on narratives of return migration in contemporary Ireland, as the basis for a discussion on the potential of life narrative research to destabilize meta-narratives and to contribute to the mapping of transformative geographies. It is argued that this kind of research requires the creation of safe spaces within which participants can tell their stories and articulate counter-narratives. At the same time, it is important to make their voices available to a wide audience and to recognize their authorial roles. There are contrasting perspectives in oral history and life narrative research on the use of anonymity to protect participants' identities, which reflect different disciplinary traditions and practices. The paper reflects on these different perspectives and on the process of designing a research project that draws on multiple methodological influences. It concludes that it is possible to facilitate access to these voices, while at the same time providing safe conditions for the articulation of counter-narratives, by providing anonymity where possible and desirable in agreement with the participant. en
dc.description.sponsorship Higher Education Authority (North-South Programme) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis Ltd. en
dc.rights © 2007 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Caitríona Ní Laoire (2007): To name or not to name: reflections on the use of anonymity in an oral archive of migrant life narratives, Social & Cultural Geography, 8:3, 373-390 as published in the Social and Cultural Geography, 1 June 2007, copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14649360701488807 en
dc.subject Life narrative en
dc.subject Return migration en
dc.subject Anonymity en
dc.subject Oral archive en
dc.subject Ethics en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Return migration--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Oral history--Ireland en
dc.title To name or not to name: reflections on the use of anonymity in an oral archive of migrant life narratives en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A012/cnilaoi en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Caitriona Ni Laoire, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: c.nilaoire@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2013-01-15T17:50:14Z
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dc.contributor.funder Higher Education Authority en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Social and Cultural Geography en
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dc.internal.placepublication London en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress c.nilaoire@ucc.ie en


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