The Active Interview / Edition 1

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Overview

Interviews were once regarded as the pipeline through which information was transmitted from a passive subject to an omniscient researcher. However the new "active interview" considers interviewers and interviewees as equal partners in constructing meaning around an interview. This interpretation changes a range of elements in the interview process - from the way of conceiving a sample to the ways in which the interview may be conducted and the results analyzed. In this guide, the authors outline the differences between active and traditional interviews and give novice researchers clear guidelines on conducting a successful interview.

Incl. guidelines for active respondent selection/positional shifts & resource activation/topic selection/data collection

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The authors take a constructionist perspective on the ethnographic interviewing processes and interview products, defining interviews as social productions, respondents as narrators or storytellers, and ethnographers as participants in the process. They offer techniques for active interviewing and constructing meaning within the interview, and discuss group interviews. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $9.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803958951
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Qualitative Research Methods , #37
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 835,551
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Holstein is professor of sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. His research and writing projects have addressed social problems, deviance and social control, mental health and illness, family, and the self, all approached from an ethnomethodologically- informed, constructionist perspective.

Jaber F. Gubrium is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Missouri. He has an extensive record of research on the social organization of care in human service institutions. His publications include numerous books and articles on aging, family, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Active Interview in Perspective
Assigned Competence and Respondent Selection
Narrative Resources
The Active Interviewer
Constructing Meaning within the Interview
Multivocality and Multiple Respondents
Rethinking Interview Procedures

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