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Interpreting Interviews - Mats Alvesson

Interpreting Interviews

Paperback Published: 15th October 2010
ISBN: 9780857022585
Number Of Pages: 176

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`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.

Industry Reviews

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

Views on Interviews: a Sceptical Review
Practical Aspects on Interview Studies
a Metaphor Approach
Rethinking Interviews: New Metaphors for Interviews
Reflexivity: a Framework
Implications for Research Practice
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ISBN: 9780857022585
ISBN-10: 085702258X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 15th October 2010
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.3  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.23