`This book goes beyond the usual nuts and bolts methodology text to provide an insightful and exhaustive critique of the research interview. A very welcome text for the reflexive researcher.' Catherine Cassell, Professor of Occupational Psychology, Manchester Business School
In `interview society' the conduct of interviews is routinely used in order to give access to facts and experiences. The research interview is in with the brick and mortar of qualitative research, and is one of the most frequently used methods of obtaining knowledge of individuals, groups and organizations.
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, supporting the development of a reflexive practice, clarifying the problems and possibilities of the use of interviews.
Through the use of eight original metaphors drawing on social and behavioural theory, this cutting-edge text will encourage a questioning of the interpretive nature and theoretical underpinnings not only of uses of the interview method, but of the knowledge which is conveyed through it. The book also offers ideas for how to do interviews innovatively, use data in more rigorous and thoughtful ways and ask novel research questions.
This text is essential reading for postgraduate students of qualitative methods and researchers looking to more clearly conceptualize and develop their interviewing practice and explore its theoretical basis.
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