Managing Danger in Oral Historical Fieldwork
Abstract

Abstract:

This article offers an overview of the literature on anticipating and managing danger in qualitative fieldwork as it pertains to the practice of oral history in various settings. It offers an alternative perspective to the widespread assumption that oral history is an inherently positive endeavor that results in good relationships and positive outcomes. This article explores some of the circumstances through which danger can emerge in the course of oral historical fieldwork, both in relatively benign and in overtly hostile settings. It also offers preliminary recommendations for anticipating and managing these forms of harm.