Deconstructing Oral Histories of Family Strategies through Record Linkage : Comparing Interview, Tax, Welfare, and Parish Sources from Early Twentieth-century Finland

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Saaritsa , S 2019 , ' Deconstructing Oral Histories of Family Strategies through Record Linkage : Comparing Interview, Tax, Welfare, and Parish Sources from Early Twentieth-century Finland ' , Journal of Family History , vol. 44 , no. 2 , pp. 159-180 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0363199018820487

Title: Deconstructing Oral Histories of Family Strategies through Record Linkage : Comparing Interview, Tax, Welfare, and Parish Sources from Early Twentieth-century Finland
Author: Saaritsa, Sakari
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)


Date: 2019-04-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Journal of Family History
ISSN: 0363-1990
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0363199018820487
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313100
Abstract: This article demonstrates empirically how triangulation with other sources can alter the interpretation of oral histories of family strategies. While the interests of oral historians have shifted to postpositivist approaches, basic facts about material context and family events still tend to be drawn from the same narratives. Oral histories of two worker households in early twentieth-century Helsinki are linked with detailed Finnish tax, parish, and poor relief records. The findings point to a number of significant omissions, turn seemingly innocuous factual statements into meaningful strategic representations, and suggest systematic biases in describing livelihoods and sources of income.
Subject: 5202 Economic and Social History
oral history
triangulation
family strategy
household economy
gender
Finland
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