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

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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.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMunich (DE)
PublisherMunich Personal RePEc Archive
Volume37280
StatePublished - 22 Feb 2012

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NameMPRA Paper
PublisherMunich Personal RePEc Archive
No.37280

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© Stephanie Decker

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

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