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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versão On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versão impressa ISSN 1017-0499

Studia Hist. Ecc. vol.38 no.1 Pretoria Mai. 2012

 

Do stories of people with disabilities matter? Exploration of a method to acknowledge the stories of people with disabilities as valuable oral sources in the writing of social history

 

 

Radikobo Ntsimane

School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

 

 


ABSTRACT

Oral history has been used as a valuable tool for the recording of the neglected history of the ordinary people. Since the 1980's, oral historians in South Africa have engaged recording the histories of the black people, the poor, the women, the children, migrant labourers and of the immigrants. What is glaringly absent from the recorded histories in the last thirty years are the voices of the people living with disabilities. This article attempts to propose a methodology on how oral history practitioners can go about recording the histories of people with disabilities. The article acknowledges the long history of cultural and religious discrimination, the lack of vocabulary and the education on how to understand the various disabilities and how best to record stories of people with disabilities in a non-prejudiced manner.


 

 

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