chapter  8
Power and empowerment
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In 1988 Paul Thompson made a case for the transformative and empowering potential of oral history:

oral history certainly can be a means for transforming both the content and purpose of history. It can be used to change the focus of history itself, and open up new areas of enquiry; it can break down barriers between teachers and students, between generations, between educational institutions and the world outside; and in the writing of history … it can give back to the people who made and experienced history, through their own words, a central place.1