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Oral History on Trial

Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts

This important book breaks new ground by asking how oral histories might be incorporated into existing text-based, “black letter law” court systems. Along with a compelling analysis of Aboriginal, legal, and anthropological concepts of fact and evidence, Oral History on Trial traces the long trajectory of oral history from community to court, and offers a sophisticated critique of the Crown’s use of Aboriginal materials in key cases. A bold intervention in legal and anthropological scholarship, Oral History on Trial presents a powerful argument for a reconsideration of the Crown’s approach to oral history.

212 pages

Table of Contents




1 Issues in Law and Social Science

2 The Social Life of Oral Narratives

3 Aboriginal and Other Perspectives

4 Court and Crown

5 The Way Forward? An Anthropological View

6 Conclusions



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