Some Notes on Using of Oral History in Communication Studies in Turkey

Ozturk S.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.87, pp.13-26, 2010 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.13-26
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


It is not possible to claim that oral history is used in different disciplines including communication. Oral history, however, has huge potentials to contribute to understand the progress of oral, written and electronic culture in Turkey. In the West, many scholars use oral history as a part of enriching of history or construct alternative history. One can say that we are still at entry point at this area in Turkey. However, some scholars in different disciplines have recently started to use oral history and one of them that they apply is communication. Nevertheless, the using of oral history in communication studies keeps back folklore, history and sociology. But, communication, which stands in interdisciplinary area, includes significant potentials. This paper takes up evolution of oral history and how it can be used in communication studies in Turkey. In the paper, I touch on evolving of oral history in the world and in Turkey, and then, take up using of it in communication area in detailed.