The positionality of narrators and interviewers: Methodological comments on oral history with Anglo-Indian schoolteachers in Bangalore, India

Sanchia deSouza, Jyothsna Latha Belliappa

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Abstract

Many of urban India’s educational aspirations in the postcolonial period have centered on the public figure of the Anglo-Indian schoolteacher, an authoritative yet nurturing woman in a skirt with something “completely different” about her that made parents seek out the school where she taught. At the core of our research project on Anglo-Indian women schoolteachers from Bangalore are seventeen life stories involving many hours of conversation. In this chapter, we offer some insights into these illuminating “teaching” narratives but focus in particular on methodology, specifically the theme of positionality in the interview process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond Women's Words
Subtitle of host publicationFeminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Pages38-47
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351123815
ISBN (Print)9780815357681
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities

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