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Archives, Recordkeeping and Social Justice

David A. Wallace Wendy M. Duff Renee Saucier Andrew Flinn



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26 May 2020
Archives, Recordkeeping, and Social Justice expands the burgeoning literature on archival social justice and impact. Illuminating how diverse factors shape the relationship between archives, recordkeeping systems, and recordkeepers, this book depicts struggles for different social justice objectives.

Discussions and debates about social justice are playing out across many disciplines, fields of practice, societal sectors, and governments, and yet one dimension cross-cutting these actors and engagement spaces has remained unexplored: the role of recordkeeping and archiving. To clarify and elaborate this connection, this volume provides a rigorous account of the engagement of archives and records-and their keepers-in struggles for social justice. Drawing upon multidisciplinary praxis and scholarship, contributors to the volume examine social justice from historical and contemporary perspectives and promote impact methodologies that align with culturally responsive, democratic, Indigenous, and transformative assessment. Underscoring the multiplicity of transformative social justice impacts influenced by recordmaking, recordkeeping, and archiving, the book presents nine case studies from around the world that link the past to the present and offer pathways towards a more just future.

Archives, Recordkeeping, and Social Justice will be an essential reading for researchers and students engaged in the study of archives, truth and reconciliation processes, social justice, and human rights. It should also be of great interest to archivists, records managers, and information professionals.
Edited by:   David A. Wallace, Wendy M. Duff, Renee Saucier, Andrew Flinn
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781472483881
ISBN 10:   147248388X
Series:   Routledge Studies in Archives
Pages:   262
Publication Date:   26 May 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David A. Wallace is Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Information, University of Michigan. He is editor of Archives and the Ethics of Memory Construction (2011); co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (2002); and series technical editor for 12 volumes of the National Security Archive's The Making of U.S. Policy series (1989-1992). Wendy M. Duff is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her most recent research has focused on the emotional responses to archives. Recently, she has conducted impact studies of two different community archives, the Ontario Jewish Archives and the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada. Renee Saucier is an Archivist at the Archives of Ontario and a volunteer at The ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives. She has a graduate degree in information studies with a specialisation in archives and records management. Her paper Medical Cartography in Ontario, 1890-1920 won the Association of Canadian Archivists' Gordon Dodds Prize. Andrew Flinn is a Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History at University College London, a member of the UK Community Archives and Heritage Group and author of a number of papers relating to community-led and counter archives, including Working with the past: making history of struggle part of the struggle in Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements (eds Aziz & Vally, 2018).

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