The silence of the archives: postcolonialism and the practice of historical reconstruction from archival evidence

Stephanie Decker

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Abstract

History as a discipline has been accused of being a-theoretical. For business historians working at business schools, however, the issue of methodology looms larger, as it is hard to make contributions to social science debates without explicating one’s disciplinary methodology. This paper seeks to outline an important aspect of historical methodology, which is data collection from archives. In this area, postcolonialism has made significant methodological contributions not just for non-Western history, as it has emphasized the importance of considering how archives were created, and how one can legitimately use them despite their limitations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMunich (DE)
PublisherMunich Personal RePEc Archive
Volume37280
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2012

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NameMPRA Paper
PublisherMunich Personal RePEc Archive
No.37280

Bibliographical note

© Stephanie Decker

Keywords

  • business history
  • historiography
  • historical methodology
  • qualitative methodology
  • organization studies

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    The silence of the archives: business history, Postcolonialism and archival ethnography

    Decker, S., 2013, In : Management and Organizational History. 8, 2, p. 155-173 19 p.

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  • Postcolonialism and business history: Edward Said and Frederick Cooper

    Decker, S., 2011, In : Association of Business Historians Newsletter. 40, Spring, p. 3-8 4 p.

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    The Silence of the Archives

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