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Interviewing for Social Scientists
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Interviewing for Social Scientists
An Introductory Resource with Examples



August 1999 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Students at postgraduate, and increasingly at undergraduate, level are required to undertake research projects and interviewing is the most frequently used research method. Interviewing for Social Scientists provides a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to interviewing. It covers all the issues that arise in interview work: theories of interviewing; design; application; and interpretation. Richly illustrated with relevant examples, each chapter includes handy statements of "advantages" and "disadvantages" of the approaches discussed.
 
Interviews and Research in the Social Sciences
 
Triangulation in Data Collection
 
Why Interviews?
 
Designing an Interview-Based Study
 
Feasibility and Flexibility
 
Approaches to Interviewing
 
Achieving a Successful Interview
 
Interviewing in Specialised Contexts
 
Protecting Rights and Welfare
 
Transcribing the Data
 
Meanings and Data Analysis
 
Writing the Report, Disseminating the Findings

`This is an excellent book. It will be required reading on my methods courses' - Nigel Fielding, University of Surrey

`This book is comprehensive, easy to read, fascinating and a must for every college library where students study research methods for short reports or longer theses' - Educational Review


This book is well structured and organised. The authors provide useful tips and examples throughout the book of how to use interviews in a research project. Without presupposing much previous knowledge from the reader, the book thus represents an ideal starting point for undergraduate students.

Dr Oliver Schwarz
Faculty of Social Sciences, University Duisburg-Essen
August 26, 2014

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