The Active Interview
SAGE, Apr 20, 1995 - Medical - 85 pages
The interpretive turn in social science has taken the interview and turned it upside down. Once thought to be the pipeline through which information was transmitted from a passive subject to an omniscient researcher, the new "active interview" considers the interviewer and interviewee as equal partners in constructing meaning around an interview event. This changes everything - from the way of conceiving a sample to the ways in which the interview may be conducted and the results analyzed. In this brief volume, James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium outline the differences between the active interview and the traditional interview and give novice researchers clear guidance on conducting an interview that is the rich product of both parties. Students and professionals who use qualitative methods in the fields of sociology, anthropology, communication, psychology, education, social work, gerontology, and management will find The Active Interview to be a helpful and cogent guidebook.
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The Active Interview in Perspective
Assigned Competence and Respondent Selection 19
Narrative Resources 30 4 Narrative Resources
The Active Interviewer
Constructing Meaning Within the Interview
Horizons of Meaning
Multivocality and Multiple Respondents
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