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Interpreting Interviews

Interpreting Interviews

Second Edition

July 2023 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Through the use of eight original metaphors, this text will encourage you to question the interpretive nature and theoretical underpinnings not only of your interview method, but of the knowledge which is conveyed through it.

The second edition includes completely new content on:

  • The benefits of using interviewees with experience and insight
  • How to work creatively with generative material
  • The value of repeat interviewing over time 
  • Using interviews for thick descriptions
  • New content illustrating the pros and cons and possibilities of interview-based research accompanied by examples
  • New content showing how interviews and questionnaires can be used in combination
This text is essential reading for upper undergraduate and postgraduate students of qualitative methods and researchers looking to more clearly conceptualize their interviewing practice and explore its theoretical basis.

Mats Alvesson holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University and is also a part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School and at Bayes Business School.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Views On Iterviews: A Sceptical Review
Chapter 3: The Interviewer, Interviewee And The Situation As Sources Of ‘Problems’
Chapter 4: Practical Aspects On Interview Studies
Chapter 5: A Metaphor Approach
Chapter 6: Rethinking Interviews: New Metaphors For Interviews
Chapter 7: Reflexivity: A Framework
Chapter 8: Implications For Research Practice
Chapter 9: Conclusion

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