The central feature of Patricia Leavy’s book, Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research, is the legitimization of doing oral history and, generally, qualitative research in the social sciences. Leavy reviews the foundational philosophies that inform the qualitative practice of doing social research and the methodological tools that affirm the scientific nature of oral history (such as reflection, explicitness, proper coding, and congruence). Leavy instructs the reader through each stage of the methodological process from research design to writing up the research findings. Oral History is not only an instructional guide but also a response to the critics of the qualitative approach who believe oral history is too subjective and lacks the scientific rigor of the quantitative.
oral history, qualitative research, coding, reflection, feminism
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Thomas, V. (2022). Pushing on in Defense of Qualitative Research: A Book Review of Patricia Leavy’s Oral History. The Qualitative Report, 27(12), 2780-2782. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.6064