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Title:Debating some past and present research frameworks and methodologies in history on places and their peoples in South Africa
Author:Van Eeden, Elize S.
Periodical:African Historical Review (ISSN 1753-2531)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local history
research methods
Abstract:In South Africa, an extensive debate on how regional history studies should be broadly defined and understood when undertaking research, still falls short. This is due to the variety, diversity and complexity of knowledge contributing to the pool of information that should be packaged as regional history studies. Regional history studies have always been regarded a field having the potential to be both integrative and multidisciplinary by nature. Yet its integrative analytical abilities also rest on the outcome of narrow-defined histories done on spaces and places before it is possible to embark on bigger research analyses in, for example, the spirit of modern social history applications to regional history studies. This discussion on ways to understand the limited past and present of regional studies (historiographically and methodologically) in South Africa is offered to encourage further debate. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]