RESEARCHING THE REAL WORLD



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A Guide to Methodology

4. In-depth interviews

4.1 Introduction to in-depth interviewing
4.2 Types of in-depth interview
4.3 Methodological approaches to in-depth interviews

4.3.1 Positivist approaches to in-depth interviews
4.3.2 Phenomenological approaches to in-depth interview
4.3.3 Critical approaches to in-depth interview

4.3.3.1 Identify and deconstruct respondents' understanding of power and control
4.3.3.2 Analyse and deconstruct social processes and transitions
4.3.3.3 Empowering or giving voice to the powerless

4.4 Doing in-depth interviews
4.5 Analysing in-depth interview data
4.6 Summary and conclusion

4.3.3 Critical approaches to in-depth interviews
Critical social researchers tend to use in-depth interviews to provide insights and rich description of social phenomena, which provide a basis for digging beneath surface appearances.

In depth interviews offer the critical social researcher the possibility of:

  • exploring respondents' understanding of issues and locating those conceptualisations in broader structures of power and control;
  • analysing and deconstructing social processes and transitions;
  • empowering or giving voice to the powerless.

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