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Interviewing
A Guide to Theory and Practice



December 2021 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book provides guidance to researchers about how to develop interview skills that align with their theoretical assumptions. Connecting "theory" and "method" can be challenging for novice researchers. Interviewing: A Guide to Theory and Practice draws from, and extends, the author's earlier 2010 book, and focuses on three interrelated issues, how researchers: theorize research interviews; examine their subject positions in relation to projects and participants; and explore the details of interview interaction to inform practice. By developing these understandings of qualitative interview practice, Kathryn Roulston shows how researchers can design and conduct quality research projects that draw on a wide range of interview practices to provide audience members and communities with significant findings concerning social problems.
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Background

 
A Proposal for Advancing the Practice of Qualitative Interviewing

 
Theories of Interviewing

 
Theorizing the Researcher

 
Examining the Construction of Interview Interaction

 
Learning About Qualitative Interviewing

 
Outline of the Book

 
 
Chapter 1 • Asking Questions and Individual Interviews
Types of Interviews

 
Questions and Answers

 
Structure and Interview Talk

 
Interviews Used in Qualitative Research

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 2 • Joint and Group Interviews
Joint Interviews

 
Formats for Working With Groups

 
Focus Groups

 
Designing a Study Using Focus Groups

 
Developing Questions and Topic Guides

 
Managing Focus Group Interaction

 
Analyzing Focus Group Interaction

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 3 • Theorizing the Qualitative Interview
A Neo-Positivist Conception of the Interview

 
A Romantic Conception of the Interview

 
A Constructionist Conception of the Interview

 
A Postmodern Conception of the Interview

 
A Transformative Conception of the Interview

 
A Decolonizing Conception of the Interview

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 4 • Post Qualitative Inquiry and Interviewing
Beyond Conventional Approaches to Inquiry

 
Interviewing and Post Qualitative Inquiry

 
What Issues Have Scholars Addressed?

 
Implications of Post Qualitative Inquiry for Interview Research

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 5 • Designing Studies That Use Interviews
Identifying a Topic

 
Formulating Research Questions

 
Using Research Interviews to Address Research Questions

 
Selection and Sampling

 
Demonstrating Quality in the Research Process

 
Aligning Methods With Theoretical Assumptions

 
Addressing Quality in a Neo-Positivist Conception of Interviewing

 
Addressing Quality in a Romantic Conception of Interviewing

 
Addressing Quality in a Constructionist Conception of Interviewing

 
Addressing Quality in a Postmodern Conception of Interviewing

 
Addressing Quality in a Transformative Conception of Interviewing

 
Addressing Quality in a Decolonizing Conception of Interviewing

 
Addressing Quality in Post Qualitative Inquiry Using Interviews

 
Designing Research Studies Using Interviews

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 6 • Conducting Interview Research
Consent for the Study

 
Recruiting Participants

 
Scheduling Interviews

 
Other Modes of Communication for Interviews

 
Special Populations

 
Preparing to Interview

 
Recording the Interview

 
Conducting Interviews

 
Working With Translated Data

 
Transcribing Interviews

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 7 • Theorizing the Researcher: The Reflective Interviewer
“Bias” and Research

 
Reflexivity in Qualitative Research

 
Beyond Reflexivity

 
Subjectivity and Qualitative Research

 
Subjectivity Statements

 
Researcher Journals

 
Interviewing the Researcher

 
Analyzing the Interviewer’s Work

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 8 • Examining the Construction of Interview Interaction
Initial Principles

 
Asking Questions of Transcriptions

 
Epistemics and Interviewing

 
Other Issues That Might Be Examined

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 9 • Analyzing and Representing Interview Data
Qualitative Data Analysis and Reasoning

 
Thematic Analysis

 
Grounded Theory Approaches to Analysis

 
Ethnographic Analysis

 
Phenomenological Approaches to Analysis

 
Approaches to the Analysis of Narrative

 
Ethnomethodological Analysis

 
Post Approaches to Analysis

 
The Arts and Performative Approaches to Representation

 
Conclusion

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Chapter 10 • Accounts of Interviewing Practice
Interviews With Interviewers

 
What We Can Learn From Other Interviewers

 
Qualitative Researchers’ Accounts of Their Interview Practice

 
Comparing Interviewing Outside the Academy to Interviewing for Academic Purposes

 
Advice From Qualitative Interviewers

 
Further Information

 
Further Reading

 
Practice

 
 
Epilogue: Final Thoughts: Learning How to Interview
 
Appendix 1. Transcription Conventions
 
Appendix 2. Terms Used in Conversation Analysis
 
Appendix 3. Teaching Resources
 
References