The fetish of archives

The fetish of archives Archives are primary sources of information for biographers, historians and social scientists. Yet the question about archives is how much information we overlook or transform: fiction and facts often interplay. We pinned a related question about the moral lesson present or not in archives. Do annals, chronicles, or histories settle or merely end accounts? Coupling authority and moral lesson in texts provides a way of linking archives of different degrees of accuracy: annals, chronicles, and histories. We identified the same series of events covered on three supports, as tapes, as memoir, and as film. The events in question concern the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. We ran a computer-aided content analysis of these textual data and used words into assessing, first, the risk of conflict in the data, then the mood present in the data. Pure archives, such as tapes, do not succeed in reenacting nonverbal events. It is as if only fiction or imagination, in chronicles or stories, could do justice to a 3D reality and allow it to become history by naturalizing that reality. Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

The fetish of archives

Loading next page...
Springer Netherlands
Copyright © 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site


You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches


Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.



billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial