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Interpreting Interviews

Interpreting Interviews

November 2010 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Researchers conducting interviews in the social sciences quickly find that there is no single best way to approach their task. This text offers a critique of traditional interviewing practices and provides a framework for thinking about issues such as trustworthiness, identity, and language in a conceptual rather than technical context, allowing you to develop your own reflexive practice.

The research interview is in with the brick and mortar of qualitative research, and is one of the routine methods of obtaining knowledge of individuals, groups, and organizations. Through the use of eight original metaphors drawing on trends in language, subject, and discourse, this cutting-edge 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.

This text is essential reading for graduate students of qualitative methods and researchers looking to more clearly conceptualize their interviewing practice and explore its theoretical basis.

Views on Interviews: A Sceptical Review
Practical Aspects on Interview Studies
A Metaphor Approach
Rethinking Interviews: New Metaphors for Interviews
Reflexivity: A Framework
Implications for Research Practice

I would recommend this book to postgraduates and experienced

scholars...Alvesson has certainly made me (re)consider the interviews I have completed and how/what I’ll do in the future. Some of his reasons have been acknowledged elsewhere, but this book presents the interview act more fully and comprehensively than any I’ve

Brian T. Gearity
The Qualitative Report

This book is very useful for all kinds of interview practitioners/researchers offering them a rich theoretical framework for conducting and interpreting interviews
Stanislava Yordanova Stoyanova

The new doctoral course is about reflexive methodology. It is the topic of this book.

Dr Jacques-Bernard Gauthier
Administration, Université du Québec en Outaouais
December 29, 2012

I love this book. The only reason I did not adopt it now is because my course load was revised and I am no longer teaching a methods course. I do, however, recommend it to my students who are doing qualitative research. I will adopt it in the future when I teach the qual course.

Dr Leslie Gonzales
E.T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University
February 3, 2012

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