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This book provides guidance to researchers about how to develop interview skills that align with their theoretical assumptions. Connecting "theory" and "method" can be challenging for novice researchers. Interviewing: A Guide to Theory and Practice draws from, and extends, the author's earlier 2010 book, and focuses on three interrelated issues, how researchers: theorize research interviews; examine their subject positions in relation to projects and participants; and explore the details of interview interaction to inform practice. By developing these understandings of qualitative interview practice, Kathryn Roulston shows how researchers can design and conduct quality research projects that draw on a wide range of interview practices to provide audience members and communities with significant findings concerning social problems.

1 Asking Questions and Individual Interviews
2 Joint and Group Interviews
3 Theorizing the Qualitative Interview
4 Post Qualitative Inquiry and Interviewing
5 Designing Studies that Use Interviews
6 Conducting Interview Research
7 Theorizing the Researcher: The Reflective Interviewer
8 Examining Interview Talk Methodologically
9 Analyzing and Representing Interview Data
10 Accounts of Interviewing Practice
Epilogue: Final Thoughts: Learning How to Interview
Key features
  • Provides guidance on different structural formats for interviewing
  • Discusses joint and group interviews, and focus groups
  • Outlines theoretical assumptions that underlie different conceptions of interviewing
  • Reviews how researchers developing post qualitative approaches to research discuss and apply concepts such as the “rhizome,” “assemblage,” the “fold,” and “becoming” to theorize interviews
  • Explores steps in the research design process, including identifying research topics, formulating research questions, and selecting and sampling participants from a targeted population
  • Discusses procedural issues involved in conducting interview research
  • Explores how individual researchers might examine themselves as researchers
  • Provides advice for beginning interviewers from interviewers who have engaged in investigative and broadcast journalism and scholarly research

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ISBN: 9781071815717