Gibson, Faith (16 of 17). Oral History of Oral History
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2011-03-10, 2011-07-21, 2011-09-20, 2012-03-22
Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Gibson, Faith, 1931- (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 16: Recall packs Northern Ireland Recall, Foyle Recall, Dublin Recall and Ireland Recall. Describes their common content. Mentions poor practice in using them so she produced some training packages. Using Reminiscence with Individuals and Small Groups three part package. Part two was taken up by Buchanan & Middleton, sociologists who took recordings and analysed them. They published several articles about the way people use memory to revisit the problematic parts of their earlier experience. Also the use of personal stories to make ourselves more interesting to other people and more acceptable to ourselves. Oral history and reminiscence are rag bag concepts. A lot of claptrap that passes for scholarship that is pretentious. Peoples life stories to become history do need some verification with other sources. The saying, liars, damned liars and oral historians has some veracity in so far as peoples stories change with every retelling. [17:20] Irish context of reminiscence work. Cites work done by Arleen Astell, a psychologist at the University of Dundee using video triggers generic triggers are better than personal triggers. Faith is not sure about this. Value of people saying, I was there. when looking at a local Recall pack. [22:47] Produced another trainers pack again citing older technology. Reminiscence and Recall- A Practical Guide to Reminiscence Work published by Age Concern England first published in 1994. In 2011 Jessica Kingsley took her on and published a fourth edition with substantial rewriting. The Past in the Present is the most scholarly book. [28:08] Project on intergenerational work and co-edited book Rooms of Time with Cahal Dallat. Pain and Pleasure was a Glens of Antrim book. The fourth edition of Working with Older Adults Group Process and Techniques was co-edited with Barbara Haight, a reworking of an American nursing text by Irene Burnside. Various journal articles have been published. [31:00] Has had a concentration on gerontology other work became increasingly superficial. All the books are embedded in practice. Very involved in the European Reminiscence Network with Pam Schweitzer, Age Exchange and Northern Ireland Reminiscence Network and other sources. Very difficult to get good critical feedback on writing. Mentions Joanna Bornat as an excellent editor. The Past in the Present book has given her the most pleasure to write.
Life story interview with Faith Gibson, Emeritus Professor of social work at the University of Ulster.