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Interpretive Interactionism

Interpretive Interactionism

Second Edition

Volume: 16

October 2001 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Interpretive Interactionism argues strongly for a new approach to qualitative research methods. Writing primarily for established practitioners and advanced graduate students, Denzin seeks to fuse influences of symbolic interactionist, hermeneutical, feminist, post-modern, and critical-biographical thought into his personal approach to research, which he calls interpretive interactionism. This work cleaves to the forefront of the field through its unapologetic advocacy of the subjective, its emphasis on the biographical, and its appeal for experimentation in new writing conventions. Readers who want acquaintance with current thinking in the field will find it well synthesized in this volume. This is one of the simplest and clearest presentations of his work Denzin has offered in years."


1. Interpretive Criteria in the Seventh Moment
Interpretive Criteria in the Seventh Moment

The Performance Turn

Experiences and Performances

Performing Montana


2. The Interpretive Point of View
Performing Racial Memories

Personal Biography

The Interpretive Heritage

Opening Up the World for Interpretation

What Is Interpretive Interactionism?

Interpretation and Science

History, Power, Emotion, and Knowledge

The Criteria of Interpretation

The Agenda


3. Securing Biographical Experience


Narrative's Moment

Selves, Narratives and Sacred Places

Interpreting and Biographical


4. The Interpretive Process The Steps to Interpretation
Framing the Research Question






Evaluating Interpretive Materials


5. Situating Interpretation
Time, History, and Mapping

Learning the Language and Its Meanings

Researcher as Newcomer and Knowing Subject


6. Thick Description
A Double Crisis

Thick Description as Performative Writing

Examples of Thick Description-as-Inscription

Thin Description-as-Inscription

Good and Bad Thick Description


7. Doing Interpretation
Exemplars of Interpretation

What Interpretation Does

Types of Interpretation and Exemplars

Performing and Representing Interpretation



8. Conclusion: On Interpretive Interactionism

Biographical Experience

Reading and Writing Experience

Fiction and Interpretation

Interpretive Interactionism in the Postmodern Period

Glossary of Terms

An insighful and very thought provoking book that explores the craft of qualitative research. Denzin as always brings the soul into the 'scientific research' and beautyfully talks about data analysis and research paradigms

Mr Fergus Hogan
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
May 22, 2015

This book is a serious player for anyone who is considering a research higher degree. Professor Denzin lays out his research method in a logical and readable way. Interpretative Interactionism is a hugely useful research method!!

Mr Nick Purkis
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
August 30, 2013

Excellent text book which addresses the complexities of philosophical aspects research

Mr Michael Hall
Management , City College Norwich
August 27, 2011

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