|a"Originally published by Studentlitteratur. (c) Steinar Kvale and Studentlitteratur, Lund, Sweden, 1994"--T.p. verso
|aInterviewing as research--The interview as a conversation--Postmodern thought, hermeneutics, phenomenology and dialectics--Qualitative research in science and in practice--Thematizing and designing an interview study--Ethical issues of interviews--The interview situation--Quality of the interview--From speech to text--The 1000-page question--Methods of analysis--The plurality of interpretations--The social construction of validity--Improving interview reports--Conversations about interviews
Interviewing is an essential tool in qualitative research and this introduction to interviewing outlines both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical aspects of the process. After examining the role of the interview in the research process, Steinar Kvale considers some of the key philosophical issues relating to interviewing: the interview as conversation, hermeneutics, phenomenology, concerns about ethics as well as validity, and postmodernism. Having established this framework, the author then analyzes the seven stages of the interview process - from designing a study to writing it up.