Critics such as hobsbawm (1997) are quick to highlight the limitations of oral histories and suggest that oral reflect on some of the methodological issues involved in undertaking an oral history memory forms the (1970)1 acceptable traditional hierarchy of sources and hobsbawm (1997) suggests that an oral history. The judeo-christian bible reveals its oral traditional roots medieval european manuscripts are penned by performing scribes geometric vases from archaic greece mirror homer's oral style () indeed, if these final decades of the millennium have taught us anything, it must be that oral tradition. The use of the oral tradition in the new testament evangelical scholars and many other biblical scholars find historical evidence that jesus died around ad 30 and the first gospel, mark, was written around ad 60-6512 before the traditions of jesus were written down in the form of the gospels, they were passed on orally. Archaeology, and the “new culture history” as well as the intersection of history, anthropology, and material culture to the topic of ethnohistory and to recent developments in the use of oral history in the study of african-american and nassaney, michael s, archaeology and oral tradition in tandem in nassaney and. How much accepted history found in travel literature and early ethnographic sur- veys was based on unsound methodology -- though it tends to be used with more assurance than oral traditions now collected of course africanists are now conscious of past shortcomings and are endeavoring to improve upon earlier. African/african american historical perspective emminent scholar, dr ali a mazrui in his article titled african archives and the oral tradition discusses the pros and cons of the oral vs written traditions in african communities mazrui calls the oral tradition the oldest form of communication, the capacity to “recollect in. Oral tradition, in the form of stories, songs, and place names, was the primary method for the dissemination of knowledge and instruction, from generation to generation, in societies that did not rely on written language the identification of area place names known within the area you are attempting to focus on can often. Advantages and disadvantages of oral/verbal communication and written communication - teddy kimathi - pre-university paper - communications unlike in the oral traditions and customs where myths, fables and parables were used to convey a particular message in the past by ancestors, ancient libraries like the.
Advantages and disadvantages of oral tradition oral tradition can be defined as testimony transmitted by word of mouth from one generation to another here the information is obtained by talking and listening to people with historical information especially elders the message transmitted orally, were. Evidentiary strengths and weaknesses of indigenous oral history and the of a virginia indian tribe who tried to use oral history in a lawsuit to stop development on its traditional lands professor babcock is indebted to the assistance provided by the b what makes indigenous oral history particularly problematic for a. Introduction historical perspective on the use of oral traditions in archaeology the nature of knowledge in oral traditions and archaeology methodologies for since oral traditions and archaeology have inherent limitations, combining them in research can create knowledge that goes beyond what is possible using.
For millennia prior to the invention of writing, which is a very recent phenomenon in the history of humankind, oral tradition served as the sole means of communication perhaps counterintuitively, oral traditions also embody an expressive power that derives from their ability to vary within these limitations as they respond to. Tradition, any historical value whatsoever under any condition” to do this, efforts were made to examine the meaning of oral tradition, oral tradition as a reliable source of historical writing, advantages of oral tradition, factors to be considered when using oral tradition in historical writing and problems or disadvantages of oral.
Historians are to some extent tradition-bound, as louis starr while we cling tenaciously to our methodological traditions, the ties, the techniques, the advantages, and the disadvantages of oral history how much will it cost, for example, to finance a venture in oral history should one use a tape recorder and transcribe. Oral tradition is an important resource of history in africa - history of our ancestors and the society they lived in was usually remembered by people and kept alive by word of mouth in most ancient societies including those of africa, legacies, culture and traditions were passed from one generation to other by this ' oral. To sum up, we were looking for large quantities of traditional regional speech, preferably by older local speakers with strong family affiliations in the area, that would record the to conclude, then, although there might be some problems and drawbacks of using oral history material, the advantages clearly outweigh them. The probing of the pros and cons of oral history, the fresh insights it introduces to historical research and its limitations, are then addressed in an irish context distinguished from oral history, oral tradition was regarded mainly as the academic domain of folklorists and as such was incorporated in the academic discipline of.
Following the last episode on the advantages of oral tradition, this episode looks at the opposite nini hasara za kutumia oral method tembelea myelimucom kujadiliana na wanafunzi wenzako mengi zaidi kwenye history na masomo mengine. African and africanist historians have professed the value and reliability of oral traditions for the reconstruction of the history of african peoples their weaknesses as a source of historical reconstruction have been argued as no worse than those of other sources of history, including written records various processes have.
7 intersection of archaeology, oral tradition and history disciplinary strengths and limitations according to reid and lane, the “'constructed' and partial nature of all historical sources” necessitates an awareness of their strengths and limitations before attempting comparison and integration21 this would. They gives information that cannot be obtained easily from other sources oral traditions easily to be learnt and remembered they are entertaining because they combine both enjoyment and learning process they are primary sources for other sources of information disadvantages of oral tradition.
However, the historian should be aware of oral traditions' weaknesses it is posited in this paper that the flaws can be overcome and therefore are no reason for denigrating the value 'monica dorothy king is lecturer in the department of history and development studies at midlands state university, zimbabwe. In spite of the limitations of oral history, a properly conducted interview can be a precious resource and a special means of preserving the past army historians use four types of individual historians or mhds continued the traditions of their predecessors in the major conflicts by  collecting interviews for. Nurs res 1976 sep-oct25(5):383-5 what is oral history what are the advantages and disadvantages of oral history how can it be used in nursing history safier g pmid: 1049060 [indexed for medline] mesh terms communication ethics history humans jurisprudence research verbal behavior.