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Inside Interviewing
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Inside Interviewing
New Lenses, New Concerns



March 2003 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Interview books typically stress the need for establishing rapport with respondents and asking questions that don't influence the responses. Until now, no text has seriously explored who the subjects are behind interview participants.

Inside Interviewing showcases the fluctuating and diverse moral worlds put into place during interview research when gender, race, culture, age, and other subject positions are brought narratively to the foreground. It explores the communicative contexts of respondents' thoughts, feelings, and actions, and how meaning is not merely elicited by apt questioning nor transported through clear respondent replies, but actively and socially assembled in the interview encounter, along with changing understandings of what it means to be a particular subject.

Topics explored include:

  • The varied roles that interview participants play, alerting readers to the theoretical dimensions of subjectivity, and how this awareness can affect the interview process
  • The interpretive challenges researchers face in analyzing data collected from interview respondents and their representational positions concerning the subject matter in question
  • Methods for describing lives that incorporate the representational sensibilities of both interviewees and interview researchers

Inside Interviewing explores the representational complexities that emerge when research participation is scrutinized, as well as the technical concerns and analytic options that derive from new lenses for viewing the interview process. These new lenses provide readers with theoretically informed direction for figuring how interview participants relate to each other, how to elicit interview data, and how to select alternative ways of representing interview material.

This volume is comprised of chapters from the Handbook of Interview Research (Gubrium and Holstein, SAGE, 2001). The companion volume, Postmodern Interviewing (SAGE, 2003), is also comprised of chapters from the Handbook.


James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium
INTRODUCTION Inside Interviewing: New Lenses, New Concerns
 
PART I: SUBJECTS AND RESPONDENTS
Donna Eder and Laura Fingerson
Ch. 2. Interviewing Children and Adolescents
Michael L. Schwalbe and Michelle Wolkomir
Ch. 3. Interviewing Men
Shulamit Reinharz and Susan E. Chase
Ch. 4. Interviewing Women
Travis Kong, Dan Mahoney, and Ken Plummer
Ch. 5. Queering the Interview
G. Clare Wenger
Ch. 6 Interviewing Older People
Christopher Dunbar, Jr., Dalia Rodriguez, and Laurence Parker
Ch. 7. Race, Subjectivity, and the Interview Process
 
PART II: TECHNICAL CONCERNS
Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler
Ch. 8. The Reluctant Respondent
Roger W. Shuy
Ch. 9. In-person versus Telephone Interviewing
Mick P. Couper and Sue Ellen Hansen
Ch. 10. Computer Assisted Interviewing
Nora Cate Schaeffer and Douglas W. Maynard
Ch. 11. Standardization and Interaction in the Survey Interview
Chris Mann and Fiona Stewart
Ch. 12. Internet Interviewing
Blake D. Poland
Ch. 13. Transcription Quality
Clive F. Seale
Ch. 14. Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Interview Data
 
PART III: ANALYTIC OPTIONS
Kathy Charmaz
Ch. 15. Qualitative Interviewing and Grounded Theory Analysis
Catherine Kohler Riessman
Ch. 16. Analysis of Personal Narratives
Richard Cándida Smith
Ch. 17. Analytic Strategies for Oral History Interviews
Marjorie L. DeVault and Liza McCoy

Marjorie L. DeVault and Liza McCoy

Marjorie L. DeVault and Liza McCoy
Ch. 18. Institutional Ethnography: Using Interviews to Investigate Ruling Relations
Carolyn D. Baker
Ch. 19. Ethnomethodological Analyses of Interviews
 
PART IV: REPRESENTATIONAL ISSUES
Paul Atkinson and Amanda Coffey
Ch. 20. Revisiting the Relationship Between Participant Observation and Interviewing
Anne Ryen
Ch. 21. Cross-Cultural Interviewing
Kirin Narayan and Kenneth M. George
Ch. 22. Personal and Folk Narrative as Cultural Representation
Carolyn Ellis and Leigh Berger
Ch. 23. Their Story/My Story/Our Story: Including the Researcher's Experience in Interview Research
Charles L. Briggs

Charles L. Briggs

Charles L. Briggs

Charles L. Briggs
Ch. 24. Interviewing, Power/Knowledge, and Social Inequality
 
AUTHOR INDEX
 
SUBJECT INDEX
 
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

"The editors' introduction is excellent, providing a brief history of interiewing as a research technique and highlighting many of the issues that concern today's research interviewers...Inside Interviewing would be valuable for doctoral-level research methods classes, as well as for practicing researchers. It is an excellent starting point for examining specific issues, such as reflexivity."

Heidi Juilien
University of Alberta
Library and Information Science Research, An International Journal

A very useful text for those using interviews in research projects.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood and Youth, University of Chichester
November 18, 2015

A very concise and precise insight into the important aspects of interviewing as a data collection method. This text explores interviews from a number of different perspectives and highlights the awareness in the reader that interviews cannot be approached or taken at face value. The text reminds the reader of the other essential elements associated with interviewing such as different ages, cultures, etc. I will be recommending this text to any of my students who are interested in using interviews as a data collection method.

Mr Thomas Beary
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Hertfordshire
June 4, 2015

Good additional reading for our RM modules

Mr Pete Holmes
School Of Humanities, Edu, Sport & Socia, Doncaster College
September 1, 2014

Interesting and useful. Useful for exploring various ways of interviewing e.g. e mail, telephone and computer assisted interviewing.

Ms Michelle Evans
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
January 9, 2014

Provides an indepth evaluation of this research method. Useful to level 6 and postgraduate students.

Mrs Monica Donlon
Education and Applied Social Sciences, Stockport College
July 5, 2013

this book is highly recommended to post graduate students- I found it easy to read and understand and practical which is exactly what students/researchers need.

Mrs Anita Duffy
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin
February 29, 2012

This text explores the varied roles that interview participants play. It also covers the theoretical dimensions of subjectivity, and how this awareness can affect the interview process. Another important issue covered in this text is the interpretational challenges researchers face in the analysis of data collected.

Ms Cristina Jonsson
Management , The University of the West Indies
July 26, 2010

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