The praxis of oral history as activism operates at the intersection of various fields and disciplines.  This working bibliography offers a selection of books and articles from these related fields. Use the comments section below to suggest additions!

Public and Oral History

Abrams, Lynn. Oral History Theory. 1st ed. T & F Books UK, 2010.

Clark, Mary Marshall. “Oral History Art and Praxis.” In Community, Culture and Globalization, by Don Adams and Arlene Goldbard, 87-106. The Rockefeller Foundation, 2002.

Diaz, Rose T., and Andrew B. Russell. “Oral Historians: Community Oral History and the Cooperative Ideal.” In Public History: Essays from the Field, edited by James B. Gardner and Peter S. LaPaglia, 203-216. Revised Edition. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company, 2004.

Dunar, Andrew J. “Editor’s Introduction.” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003).

Frisch, Michael. A Shared Authority. State University of New York Press, 1990.

———. “Commentary: Sharing Authority: Oral History and the Collaborative Process.” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003): 111-113.

Gardner, James B., and Peter S. Lapaglia. Public History: Essays from the Field. Revised. Krieger Publishing Company, 2004.

Gluck, Sherna Berger. “Advocacy Oral History: Palestinian Women in Resistance.” In Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History, edited by Sherna Berger Gluck and Daphne Patai, 201-219. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Hamilton, Paula, and Linda Shopes. Oral History and Public Memories. Temple University Press, 2008.

Janesick, Valerie J. “Oral History as a Social Justice Project: Issues for the Qualitative Researcher.” The Qualitative Report 12, no. 1 (March 2007): 111-121.

Kerr, Daniel. “”We Know What the Problem Is”: Using Oral History to Develop a Collaborative Analysis of Homelessness from the Bottom up.” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003): 27-45.

Portelli, Alessandro. Battle of Valle Giulia: Oral History and the Art of Dialogue. University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Rickard, Wendy. “Collaborating with Sex Workers in Oral History.” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003): 47-59.

Riordon, Michael. An Unauthorized Biography of the World: Oral History on the Front Lines. Toronto, Canada: Between the Lines, 2004.

Rouverol, Alicia J. “Collaborative Oral History in a Correctional Setting: Promise and Pitfalls.” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003): 61-85.

Shopes, Linda. “Commentary: Sharing Authority.” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003): 103-110.

———. “Oral History and Community Involvement: The Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project.” In Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Public, edited by Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig, 249-263. Critical Perspectives on the Past. Temple University Press, 1986.

———. “Oral History and the Study of Communities: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities.” The Journal of American History 89, no. 2 (September 2002): 588-598.

Sitzia, Lorraine. “A Shared Authority: An Impossible Goal?” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003): 87-101.

Slim, Hugo, and Paul Richard Thompson. Listening for a Change: Oral Testimony and Development. London: Panos Publications, 1993.

Thompson, Paul.  The Voice of the Past: Oral History (3rd ed.).  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Thomson, Alistair. “Introduction: Sharing Authority: Oral History and the Collaborative Process.” The Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (Winter – Spring 2003): 23-26.

Westerman, William. “Central American Refugee Testimonies and Performed Life Histories in the Sanctuary Movement.” In The Oral History Reader, edited by Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson, 495-505. Second. New York, NY: Routledge, 2006.

Community Cultural Development

Adams, Don, and Arlene Goldbard, eds. Community, Culture and Globalization. The Rockefeller Foundation, 2002.

Goldbard, Arlene.  New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development.  Oakland: New Village Press, 2006.

Social Movements and Narrative

Davis, Joseph E, ed. Stories of Change: Narrative and Social Movements. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.

Diani, Mario, and Doug McAdam. Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action. Oxford University Press, USA, 2003.

Ganz, Marshall.  “What is Public Narrative?,” 2008.

———. “Why Stories Matter: The art and craft of social change.” Sojourners Magazine, March 2009.

Goodwin, Jeff, and James M. Jasper. The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts. Wiley-Blackwell, 2003.

Polletta, Francesca. “”It Was Like a Fever…” Narrative and Identity in Social Protest.” Social Problems 45, no. 2 (May 1, 1998): 137-159.

———. It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

———. “Plotting Protest: Mobilizing Stories in the 1960 Student Sit-Ins.” In Stories of Change: Narrative and Social Movements, by Joseph E Davis, 31-52. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.

Polletta, Francesca, and James M. Jasper. “Collective Identity and Social Movements.” Annual Review of Sociology 27 (2001): 283-305.

Porta, Donatella Della, and Mario Diani. Social Movements: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2006.

Snow, David A., and Pamela E. Oliver. “Social Movements and Collective Behavior: Social Psychological Dimensions and Considerations.” In Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology, by Karen S. Cook, Gary Alan Fine, and James S. House, 571-600. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1995.

Solinger, Rickie, Madeline Fox, and Kayhan Irani. Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims. 1st ed. Routledge, 2008.

Staggenborg, Suzanne.  Social Movements.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Tarrow, Sidney G. Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics. 3rd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Popular Education and Critical Pedagogy

Apple, Michael.  Education and Power.  2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 1995.

hooks, bell.  Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.  New York: Routledge, 1994.

Horton, Myles and Paulo Freire.  We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change.(Brenda Bell, John Gaventa and John Peters, Eds.) Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990.

Freire, Paulo. Education for Critical Consciousness.  New York: Continuum, 2000.

———. Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 1994.

———. Pedagogy of the Oppressed Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30th Anniversary Edition. 30th ed. New York: Continuum, 2000.

Giroux, Henry A. Pedagogy and the Politics of Hope: Theory, Culture, and Schooling, A Critical Reader.  Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1997.

Participatory Action Research and Collaborative Ethnography

Cooke, Bill, and Uma Kothari. Participation: The New Tyranny? Zed Books, 2001.

Fals-Borda, Orlando. Investigacion Participativa. Montevideo, Uruguay: Instituto del Hombre, 1986.

Gitlin, Andrew, ed. Power and Method: Political Activism and Educational Research. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Hagey, Rebecca S.  “Guest editorial: The use and abuse of participatory action research.” Chronic Diseases in Canada, 18, 1 (1997)Available online at

Hale, Charles R., ed. Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship. University of California Press, 2008.

Harper, Gary W., Cecile Lardon, Julian Rappaport, Audrey K. Bangi, Richard Contreras, and Ana Pedraza. “Community Narratives: The Use of Narrative Ethnography in Participatory Community Research.” In Participatory Community Research: Theories and Methods in Action, edited by Leonard A. Jason, Christopher B. Keys, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Renee R. Taylor, and Margaret I. Davis, 199-218. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2004.

Holliday, Oscar Jara. Para Sistematizar Experiencias. Lima, Peru: Tarea Asociacion de Publicaciones Educativas, 1994.

Kemmis, Stephen, and Robin McTaggart. “Participatory Action Research: Communicative Action and the Public Sphere.” In The SAGE handbook of qualitative research, edited by Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln, 559-604. SAGE, 2005.

Lassiter, Luke Eric. The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography. University Of Chicago Press, 2005.