The Essential Questions: Interview Your Family to Uncover Stories and Bridge Generations by Keating, Elizabeth

The Essential Questions: Interview Your Family to Uncover Stories and Bridge Generations

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Uncover new sides of family members you've known your entire life with this indispensable guide that includes space for journaling.

Just as the oral histories of people around the world are disappearing amid rapid change, there is a risk that your family's personal stories, too, will be lost forever. In The Essential Questions, anthropologist Elizabeth Keating helps you to uncover the unique memories of your parents and grandparents and to create lasting connection with them in the process.

As you seek to learn more about your family history, how do you get beyond familiar anecdotes and avoid the frustration of oppositional generational attitudes? By asking questions that make the familiar strange, anthropologists are able to see entirely different perspectives and understand new cultures. Drawing on her lifelong work in this field, Keating has developed a set of questions that treat your parents and grandparents not just as the people who raised you, but as individuals of a certain society and time, and as the children, teenagers, and young adults they once were. The Essential Questions helps you to learn about the history of your elders, to see the world through their eyes, and to honor the language they choose to describe their experiences.

Author: Elizabeth Keating
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Tarcherperigee
Published: 11/15/2022
Pages: 224
Weight: 0.89lbs
Size: 8.35h x 5.82w x 0.92d
ISBN: 9780593420928

About the Author
Elizabeth Keating, Ph.D., is a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. A linguistic anthropologist who studies culture and communication, she has been a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland and a visiting scholar at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands.