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Interviewing : Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods - Nigel G. Fielding


Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods

By: Nigel G. Fielding (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2002
ISBN: 9780761973393
Number Of Pages: 1504

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Interviewing has strong claims to be the `queen' of research methods. It is used throughout the social sciences and is a core method. The ubiquity of this basic activity means that it should be no surprise that interviewing takes many forms and poses many challenges. These have been the subject of one of the most developed bodies of methodological literature having ramifications throughout the social sciences.

Commentaries on interviewing began to emerge at the very birth of the social and behavioural sciences in the 19th century. There are now hundreds of articles on the subject.

The aim of this collection is to bring together all of the key articles on interviewing which have been published in professional journals. It addresses the philosophy of interview methods and its epistemological foundations; the ethics of interview research; and the criteria for assessing interview based research. It covers both interviewing in quantitative research, such as the survey method, and qualitative research in all its many forms. The collection explores the principal types of interview (standardized, semi-standardized and non-standardized), and the different modes of interviewing (for example, telephone interviewing, life history interviews and focus groups).

There is a section on formulating interview questions, a section on the practicalities of recording, transcribing and managing interview data, and several sections addressing power relations, the role of gender, interviewing on sensitive topics and interviewing special respondents such as elites, children and the vulnerable.

Epistemological And Disciplinary Perspectives On The Interview
Of Sociology and the Interview
Interviewing for Organizational Research
Merton and Methodology
Finding the Common Denominator
A Phenomenological Critique of Life History Method
Biography and the Social Sciences
Varieties Of Research Interviews: Types And Modes
Methods of Interviewing
The Controversy over Detailed Interviews
An Offer for Negotiation
Understanding the Standardized/Non-Standardized Interviewing Controversy
Does Conversational Interviewing Reduce Survey Measurement Error?
Theorizing the Interview
Dimensions of the Depth Interview
Artifacts Are in the Mind of the Beholder
Interactional Troubles in Face-to-Face Survey Interviews
The Focused Interview
The Focused Interview and Focus Groups
Continuities and Discontinuities
The Group Interview
Studying Intergroup Relations Embedded in Organizations
Focus Groups
The Methodology of Focus Groups
The Importance of Interaction between Research Participants
Focus Groups and Ethnography
Enhancement of Eyewitness Memory with the Cognitive Interview
Topical Summaries of Current Literature
Interviewing for Life History Material
Doing Life Histories
Social Genealogies Commented On and Compared
An Instrument for Observing Social Mobility Processes in the Longue Dur[ac]ee
Eliciting Narrative through the In-Depth Interview
Telephone Interviews in Social Research
Some Methodological Considerations
The Effect of Computer-Assisted Interviewing on Data Quality
A Review
A Qualitative Research Medium for Interviewing?
Feminist Perspectives on Empowering Research Methodologies
A Feminist, Qualitative Methodology
A Study of Women with Breast Cancer
Designing Interview-Based Research
Informed Consent and Survey Response
A Summary of the Empirical Literature
Interviewing Undocumented Immigrants
Methodological Reflections Based on Field Work in Mexico and the United States
Reducing Response Error in Surveys
The Open and Closed Question
A Decade of Questions
Acquiescence and Recency Response-Order Effects in Interview Surveys
Strong Arguments and Weak Evidence
The Open/Closed Questioning Controversy of the 1940s
How to Ask Questions about Drinking and Sex
Response Effects in Measuring Consumer Behavior
The Reliability of Recall Data
A Literature Review
The Vignette Technique in Survey Research
Tape-Recorded Interviews in Social Research
Representing Discourse
The Discourse of Transcription
Conducting Interview-Based Research
A Note on Interviewing Tactics
A Research Note on Experimentation in Interviewing
A Dangerous Practice in Social Surveys?
The Unco-Operative Interviewee
Collaborative Interviewing and Interactive Research
The Life Study
On Mutual Recognition and the Subjective Inquiry
Methodology and Research Notes
Women's Life Stories and Reciprocal Ethnography as Feminist and Emergent
Interviewing Style and Respondent Behavior
An Experimental Study of the Survey-Interview
Questions for the Ethnographer
A Critical Examination of the Role of the Interview in Fieldwork
Field Relations In Interview-Based Research
White-Knuckle Research
Emotional Dynamics in Fieldwork with Racist Activists
Data Collection in Dangerous Neighborhoods
Lessons from a Survey of Public Housing Residents in Chicago
Hired-Hand Research
Respondents' Intrusion upon the Situation
The Problem of Interviewing Subjects with Special Qualities
Talking and Listening from Womens' Standpoint
Feminist Strategies for Interviewing and Analysis
Interviewing Women
Issues of Friendship, Vulnerability and Power
Self-Deception and Self-Discovery in Fieldwork
Interviewers: Characteristics And Qualities
When Gender Is Not Enough
Women Interviewing Women
Analysis of the Interviewer's Behaviour
The Cheater Problem in Polling
The Observers Observed
French Survey Researchers at Work
Interviewing an Ultra-Elite
Surely You're Not in This Just to Be Helpful
Access, Rapport and Interviewing in Three Studies of Elites
Interviewing Homosexuals
On Reaching Out-of-School, Hard-to-Reach Youth
Notes on Data-Gathering
The Use of Depth Interviewing with Vulnerable Subjects
Lessons from a Research Study of Parents with Learning Difficulties
Age and Sex in the Interview
The Effect of Interviewer's Gender on the Interviewing Process
A Comparative Inquiry
The Effects of Black and White Interviewers on Black Responses
Interviewer Variability
A Review of the Problem
Analysing Interview Data
Grounded Theory Method
Procedures, Canons and Evaluative Criteria
Interpreting Discourse
Coherence and the Analysis of Ethnographic Interviews
Doing Data
The Local Organization of a Sociological Interview
The Spoken and the Unspoken
A Hermeneutic Approach to Understanding the Cultural Viewpoints That Underlie Consumers' Expressed Meanings
Ghostwriting Research
Positioning the Researcher in the Interview Text
Asking Questions (and Listening to Answers)
The Sociological Significance of Ambivalence
An Example from Adoption Research
Problems of Editing 'First-Person' Sociology
The 1,000-Page Question
The Informant in Quantitative Research
Participant Observation and Interviewing
A Comparison
Bias, Cross-Cultural Interviewing And The Social Desirability Phenomenon, And Validity And Reliability
Contagious Bias in the Interview
A Methodological Note
Multilingual Interviewing in Israel
The Worst Place and the Best Face
An Investigation of Interview Method, Threat and Response Distortion
How Do You Know if the Informant Is Telling the Truth?
The Reliability and Validity of Interview Data from 59 Narcotic Drug Addicts
Coding Reliability and Validity of Interview Data
Interviews, Surveys and the Problem of Ecological Validity
The Place of Inter-Rater Reliability in Qualitative Research
An Empirical Study
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ISBN: 9780761973393
ISBN-10: 0761973397
Series: Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1504
Published: 1st December 2002
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 10.8
Weight (kg): 3.02
Edition Number: 4