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Fielding, Nigel

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

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Published London : Sage 2003

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Nigel Fielding
ISBN: 0761973397, 9780761973393
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: RES.
Physical Description: 4 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series: Sage benchmarks in social research methods
Subject: Interviewing.


  1. VOLUME ONEPART ONE: EPISTEMOLOGICAL AND DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE INTERVIEWOf Sociology and the Interview - M Benney and E C HughesInterviewing for Organizational Research - W WhyteMerton and Methodology - A B SorensenFinding the Common Denominator - G Frank A Phenomenological Critique of Life History MethodBiography and the Social Sciences - F FerrarottiPART TWO: VARIETIES OF RESEARCH INTERVIEWS: TYPES AND MODESMethods of Interviewing - E BogardusThe Controversy over Detailed Interviews - P Lazarsfeld An Offer for NegotiationUnderstanding the Standardized/Non-Standardized Interviewing Controversy - P BeattyDoes Conversational Interviewing Reduce Survey Measurement Error? - M Schober and F ConradTheorizing the Interview - R PawsonDimensions of the Depth Interview - R GordenArtifacts Are in the Mind of the Beholder - H SchumanInteractional Troubles in Face-to-Face Survey Interviews - L Suchman and B JordanThe Focused Interview - R Merton and P KendallThe Focused Interview and Focus Groups - R K Merton Continuities and DiscontinuitiesThe Group Interview - E BogardusStudying Intergroup Relations Embedded in Organizations - C Alderfer and K SmithFocus Groups - D L MorganThe Methodology of Focus Groups - J Kitzinger The Importance of Interaction between Research ParticipantsFocus Groups and Ethnography - M Agar and J MacDonaldEnhancement of Eyewitness Memory with the Cognitive Interview - R Geiselman et alTopical Summaries of Current Literature - R Cavan Interviewing for Life History MaterialDoing Life Histories - A Faraday and K PlummerSocial Genealogies Commented On and Compared - D Bertaux An Instrument for Observing Social Mobility Processes in the Longue Dur[ac]eeEliciting Narrative through the In-Depth Interview - W Hollway and T JeffersonTelephone Interviews in Social Research - C Ibsen and J Ballweg Some Methodological ConsiderationsThe Effect of Computer-Assisted Interviewing on Data Quality - E D de Leeuw
  2. J J Hox and G Snijkers A ReviewE-Mail - C Murray and J Sixsmith A Qualitative Research Medium for Interviewing?Feminist Perspectives on Empowering Research Methodologies - P LatherA Feminist
  3. Qualitative Methodology - A S Kasper A Study of Women with Breast CancerVOLUME TWOPART THREE: DESIGNING INTERVIEW-BASED RESEARCHInformed Consent and Survey Response - E Singer A Summary of the Empirical LiteratureInterviewing Undocumented Immigrants - W Cornelius Methodological Reflections Based on Field Work in Mexico and the United StatesReducing Response Error in Surveys - S SudmanThe Open and Closed Question - H Schuman and S PresserA Decade of Questions - N C SchaefferAcquiescence and Recency Response-Order Effects in Interview Surveys - M J McClendonStrong Arguments and Weak Evidence - J Converse The Open/Closed Questioning Controversy of the 1940sHow to Ask Questions about Drinking and Sex - E Blair et al Response Effects in Measuring Consumer BehaviorThe Reliability of Recall Data - S Dex A Literature ReviewThe Vignette Technique in Survey Research - J FinchTape-Recorded Interviews in Social Research - R Bucher
  4. C Fritz and E QuarantelisRepresenting Discourse - E Mishler The Discourse of TranscriptionPART FOUR: CONDUCTING INTERVIEW-BASED RESEARCHA Note on Interviewing Tactics - H BeckerA Research Note on Experimentation in Interviewing - A RoseProbing - W Foddy A Dangerous Practice in Social Surveys?The Unco-Operative Interviewee - L SigelmannCollaborative Interviewing and Interactive Research - B Laslett and R RapoportThe Life Study - T Cottle On Mutual Recognition and the Subjective InquiryMethodology and Research Notes - E J Lawless Women's Life Stories and Reciprocal Ethnography as Feminist and EmergentInterviewing Style and Respondent Behavior - W Dijkstra An Experimental Study of the Survey-InterviewQuestions for the Ethnographer - C Briggs A Critical Examination of the Role of the Interview in FieldworkVOLUME THREEPART FIVE: FIELD RELATIONS IN INTERVIEW-BASED RESEARCHWhite-Knuckle Research - K Blee Emotional Dynamics in Fieldwork with Racist ActivistsData Collection in Dangerous Neighborhoods - V Gwiasda
  5. N Taluc and S Popkin Lessons from a Survey of Public Housing Residents in ChicagoHired-Hand Research - J RothRespondents' Intrusion upon the Situation - J Skipper and C McCaghy The Problem of Interviewing Subjects with Special QualitiesTalking and Listening from Womens' Standpoint - M Devault Feminist Strategies for Interviewing and AnalysisInterviewing Women - P Cotterill Issues of Friendship
  6. Vulnerability and PowerSelf-Deception and Self-Discovery in Fieldwork - A DanielsPART SIX: INTERVIEWERS: CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIESWhen Gender Is Not Enough - C Kohler Riessman Women Interviewing WomenAnalysis of the Interviewer's Behaviour - B Dohrenwend and S RichardsonThe Cheater Problem in Polling - L CrespiThe Observers Observed - J Peneff French Survey Researchers at WorkInterviewing an Ultra-Elite - H ZuckermanSurely You're Not in This Just to Be Helpful - S Ostrander Access
  7. Rapport and Interviewing in Three Studies of ElitesInterviewing Homosexuals - M LeznoffOn Reaching Out-of-School
  8. Hard-to-Reach Youth - E Luchterhand and L Weller Notes on Data-GatheringThe Use of Depth Interviewing with Vulnerable Subjects - T Booth and W Booth Lessons from a Research Study of Parents with Learning DifficultiesAge and Sex in the Interview - M Benney
  9. D Riesman and S StarThe Effect of Interviewer's Gender on the Interviewing Process - M Padfield and I Proctor A Comparative InquiryThe Effects of Black and White Interviewers on Black Responses - H Schuman and J ConverseInterviewer Variability - M Collins A Review of the ProblemVOLUME FOURPART SEVEN: ANALYSING INTERVIEW DATAGrounded Theory Method - J Corbin and A Strauss Procedures
  10. Canons and Evaluative CriteriaInterpreting Discourse - M Agar and J Hobbs Coherence and the Analysis of Ethnographic InterviewsDoing Data - S Hester and D Francis The Local Organization of a Sociological InterviewThe Spoken and the Unspoken - C J Thompson
  11. H R Pollio and W B Locander A Hermeneutic Approach to Understanding the Cultural Viewpoints That Underlie Consumers' Expressed MeaningsGhostwriting Research - C Rhodes Positioning the Researcher in the Interview TextAsking Questions (and Listening to Answers) - I DeutscherThe Sociological Significance of Ambivalence - K Wegar An Example from Adoption ResearchProblems of Editing `First-Person' Sociology - B BlaunerThe 1,000-Page Question - S KvaleThe Informant in Quantitative Research - D CampbellParticipant Observation and Interviewing - H Becker and B Geer A ComparisonPART EIGHT: BIAS
  13. AND VALIDITY AND RELIABILITYContagious Bias in the Interview - S Rice A Methodological NoteMultilingual Interviewing in Israel - H BlancThe Worst Place and the Best Face - C E Ross and J MirowskyAn Investigation of Interview Method
  14. Threat and Response Distortion - W Locander
  15. S Sudman and N BradburnHow Do You Know if the Informant Is Telling the Truth? - J P Dean and W WhyteThe Reliability and Validity of Interview Data from 59 Narcotic Drug Addicts - J C BallCoding Reliability and Validity of Interview Data - K Crittenden and R HillInterviews
  16. Surveys and the Problem of Ecological Validity - A V CicourelThe Place of Inter-Rater Reliability in Qualitative Research - D Armstrong et al An Empirical Study