The Routledge Guide To Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry And Investigation by Sean McconvilleThe Routledge Guide To Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry And Investigation by Sean Mcconville

The Routledge Guide To Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry And Investigation

bySean Mcconville, Anna BrysonEditorSean Mcconville

Hardcover | October 31, 2013

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The Routledge Guide to Interviewingsets out a well-tested and practical approach and methodology: what works, difficulties and dangers to avoid and key questions which must be answeredbeforeyou set out. Background methodological issues and arguments are considered and drawn upon but the focus is on what is ethical, legally acceptable and productive:

  • Rationale (why, what for, where, how)
  • Ethics and Legalities (informed consent, data protection, risks, embargoes)
  • Resources (organisational, technical, intellectual)
  • Preparation (selecting and approaching interviewees, background and biographical research, establishing credentials, identifying topics)
  • Technique (developing expertise and confidence)
  • Audio-visual interviews
  • Analysis (modes, methods, difficulties)
  • Storage (archiving and long-term preservation)
  • Sharing Resources (dissemination and development)

From death row to the mansion of a head of state, small kitchens and front parlours, to legislatures and presbyteries, Anna Bryson and Se'McConville's wide interviewing experience has been condensed into this book. The material set out here has been acquired by trial, error and reflection over a period of more than four decades. The interviewees have ranged from the delightfully straightforward to the painfully difficult to the near impossible ' with a sprinkling of those that were impossible.

Successful interviewing draws on the survival skills of everyday life. This guide will help you to adapt, develop and apply these innate skills. Including a range of useful information such as sample waivers, internet resources, useful hints and checklists, it provides sound and plain-speaking support for the oral historian, social scientist and investigator.

Anna Brysonis Research Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. She has considerable experience of conducting interviews for social and historical investigation. Recent publications encompass ethnographical research on Northern Ireland, prison diaries, biography and criminology. She has advised both statutory and private organisat...
Title:The Routledge Guide To Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry And InvestigationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 31, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041571074X

ISBN - 13:9780415710749


Table of Contents

Preface.  Introduction.  1. Thinking Ahead  2.Ethics and Legalities  3. Resources  4. Groundwork  5. Developing Technique  6. Special Care  7. Shifting Focus  8. Storage  9. Analysis  10. Possibilities.  Credo.

Editorial Reviews

'Bryson and McConville have produced a comprehensive survival guide for new and seasoned interviewers which takes our everyday experience of social interaction as a starting point for demystifying the interview process. Covering all the bases from initial approaches to potential interviewees to storage and management, this book is a comprehensive ¿how to¿ guide that should help to minimise mistakes and maximise the value of the interview process. Designed for a wide readership, from academics to community workers, therapists to artists, this is a plain speaking troubleshooting guide to the world of the interview.' - Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow, UK