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The SAGE Handbook of Interview Research
The Complexity of the Craft

Second Edition


© 2012 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The new edition of this landmark volume emphasizes the dynamic, interactional and reflexive dimensions of the research interview. Contributors highlight the myriad dimensions of complexity that are emerging as researchers increasingly frame the interview as a communicative opportunity as much as a data-gathering format. The book begins with the history and conceptual transformations of the interview, which is followed by chapters that discuss the main components of interview practice. Taken together, the contributions to the Handbook encourage readers simultaneously to learn the frameworks and technologies of interviewing and to reflect on the epistemological foundations of the interview craft.
 
Preface
Jaber F. Gubrium, James A. Holstein, Amir B. Marvasti, and Karyn D. McKinney
Introduction: The Complexity of the Craft
 
Part I. Interviewing in Context
Jennifer Platt
Chapter 1. The History of the Interview
Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein
Chapter 2. Narrative Practice and the Transformation of Interview Subjectivity
Michael Ian Borer and Andrea Fontana
Chapter 3. Postmodern Trends: Expanding the Horizons of Interviewing Practices and Epistemologies
Kathryn Roulston
Chapter 4. The Pedagogy of Interviewing
 
Part II. Methods of Interviewing
Royce A. Singleton Jr. and Bruce C. Straits
Chapter 5. Survey Interviewing
John M. Johnson and Timothy Rowlands
Chapter 6. The Interpersonal Dynamics of In-Depth Interviewing
Robert Atkinson
Chapter 7. The Life Story Interview as a Mutually Equitable Relationship
Carol A. B. Warren
Chapter 8. Interviewing as Social Interaction
Sara L. Crawley
Chapter 9. Autoethnography as Feminist Self-Interview
David L. Morgan
Chapter 10. Focus Groups and Social Interaction
Natalia James and Hugh Busher
Chapter 11. Internet Interviewing
Janice M. Morse
Chapter 12. The Implications of Interview Type and Structure in Mixed-Method Designs
 
Part III. Logistics of Interviewing
Hanna Herzog
Chapter 13. Interview Location and Its Social Meaning
Anne Grinyer and Carol Thomas
Chapter 14. The Value of Interviewing on Multiple Occasions or Longitudinally
Jinjun Wang and Yin Yan
Chapter 15. The Interview Question
Ben K. Beitin
Chapter 16. Interview and Sampling: How Many and Whom
Shannon K. Carter and Christian L. Bolden
Chapter 17. Culture Work in the Research Interview
Christopher A. Faircloth
Chapter 18. After the Interview: What Is Left at the End
 
Part IV. Self and Other in the Interview
Annika Lillrank
Chapter 19. Managing the Interviewer Self
John B. Talmage
Chapter 20. Listening to, and for, the Research Interview
Lara J. Foley
Chapter 21. Constructing the Respondent
Linda Finlay
Chapter 22. Five Lenses for the Reflexive Interviewer
Kay E. Cook
Chapter 23. Stigma and the Interview Encounter
 
Part V. Analytic Strategies
Kathy Charmaz and Linda Liska Belgrave
Chapter 24. Qualitative Interviewing and Grounded Theory Analysis
Catherine Kohler Riessman
Chapter 25. Analysis of Personal Narratives
Marjorie L. DeVault and Liza McCoy
Chapter 26. Investigating Ruling Relations: Dynamics of Interviewing in Institutional Ethnography
Pirjo Nikander
Chapter 27. Interviews as Discourse Data
David Shemmings and Ingunn T. Ellingsen
Chapter 28. Using Q Methodology in Qualitative Interviews
Clive Seale and Carol Rivas
Chapter 29. Using Software to Analyze Qualitative Interviews
 
Part VI. Ethics of the Interview
Marco Marzano
Chapter 30. Informed Consent
Karen Kaiser
Chapter 31. Protecting Confidentiality
Kristin Heggen and Marilys Guillemin
Chapter 32. Protecting Participants' Confidentiality Using a Situated Research Ethics Approach
Anne Ryen
Chapter 33. Assessing the Risk of Being Interviewed
Michelle Miller-Day
Chapter 34. Toward Conciliation: Institutional Review Board Practices and Qualitative Interview Research
 
Part VII. Critical Reflections
Kirin Narayan and Kenneth M. George
Chapter 35. Stories About Getting Stories: Interactional Dimensions in Folk and Personal Narrative Research
Laura L. Ellingson
Chapter 36. Interview as Embodied Communication
Tim Rapley
Chapter 37. The (Extra)Ordinary Practices of Qualitative Interviewing
Jonathan Potter and Alexa Hepburn
Chapter 38. Eight Challenges for Interview Researchers
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors

As an approach to data collection, interviewing continues to expand, diversify and evolve with the reflexive revision of longstanding assumptions. Core principles of the traditional model of the structured interview—such as the distinctive roles of the interviewer and the respondent—have been reformulated in a number of ways and across a wide range of disciplines. The first edition of the Handbook of Interview Research successfully delivered the latest developments in the enterprise. This revised edition both builds on, and moves beyond, the first edition by:

  • updating the book in terms of recent developments, especially in qualitative interviewing,
  • shortening the volume so that it can be used as the main text for graduate seminars in qualitative research, as well as a general reference book,
  • featuring a how-to/instructional approach through empirically and theoretically informed discussions, and
  • enhancing the multidisciplinary flavor of the first edition.

The contributing authors offer a survey of the field with an emphasis on empirical diversity, procedural options, and theoretical choices. In this edition, three new sections have been added:

  • Logistics of Interviewing
  • Self and Other in Interviewing
  • Ethics of the Interviewing

While there is ample coverage of more traditional interviewing approaches and concerns (see, for example, chapters on survey interviews and quantitative analysis), the new edition emphasizes the dynamic, interactional, and reflexive dimensions of the research interview. This is in keeping with newly emerging interests in the field and the editors' expertise in presenting the research interview in this way. The volume highlights the myriad dimensions of complexity that are emerging as researchers increasingly frame the interview as a communicative opportunity as much as a data-gathering format. As with the original volume, the second edition begins with the history and conceptual transformations of the interview. The following chapters are organized around the main components of interview practice:

  • Part I: Interviewing in Context
  • Part II: Methods of Interviweing
  • Part III: Logistics of Interviewing
  • Part IV: Self and Other in the Interview
  • Part V: Analytic Strategies
  • Part VI: Ethics of the Interview
  • Part VII: Critical Reflections

As indicated by the subtitle of the new edition ("The Complexity of the Craft"), the research interview is being recast as a dazzlingly complex, multi-dimensional collection of assumptions and practices. Having shed the presumption that a particular model of interviewing is the "gold standard" of data collection, interviewing's persistent, ubiquitous presence in the social sciences is marked by amazing complexity. Taken together, the contributions to the Handbook encourage readers simultaneously to learn the frameworks and technologies of interviewing and to reflect on the epistemological foundations of the interview craft. We invite readers to view chapter contents both as points of emphasis in a common enterprise and as reflexive reconsiderations that have taken uncommonly imaginative direction.

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