goodbye, mr. terkel

Studs Terkel’s books are part of what drove me to sociology. I have spent a chunk of today listening to interviews that served as the basis of many of his books. You can find them on his website. There are two things that are wonderful about them: (1) they are great oral history; (2) they are a kind of data-sharing that I think would serve us social scientists well (particularly ethnographers and interviewers, but not only us). You’ll be missed, Mr. Terkel.

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