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The silence of the archive: post-colonialism and the practice of historical reconstruction from archival evidence

  • Decker, Stephanie

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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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 37280.

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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:37280
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  1. Geoffrey Jones & Tarun Khanna, 2006. "Bringing history (back) into international business," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 37(4), pages 453-468, July.
  2. Christopher Kobrak & Andrea Schneider, 2011. "Varieties of business history: Subject and methods for the twenty-first century," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(3), pages 401-424.
  3. Stephanie Decker, 2011. "Corporate political activity in less developed countries: The Volta River Project in Ghana, 1958--66," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(7), pages 993-1017, December.
  4. John Wilson & Steven Toms, 2008. "Fifty years of Business History," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 50(2), pages 125-126.
  5. Stephanie Decker, 2010. "Postcolonial Transitions in Africa: Decolonization in West Africa and Present Day South Africa," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(s1), pages 791-813, 07.
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