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A Practical Introduction to In-depth Interviewing

A Practical Introduction to In-depth Interviewing

  • Alan Morris - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

May 2015 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are you new to qualitative research or a bit rusty and in need of some inspiration? Are you doing a research project involving in-depth interviews? Are you nervous about carrying out your interviews?

This book will help you complete your qualitative research project by providing a nuts and bolts introduction to interviewing. With coverage of ethics, preparation strategies and advice for handling the unexpected in the field, this handy guide will help you get to grips with the basics of interviewing before embarking on your research. While recognising that your research question and the context of your research will drive your approach to interviewing, this book provides practical advice often skipped in traditional methods textbooks.

Written with the needs of social science students and those new to qualitative research in mind, the book will help you plan, prepare for, carry out and analyse your interviews.    

Chapter 1: The what and why of in-­depth interviewing
Chapter 2: Ethics – the need to tread carefully
Chapter 3: Developing the interview guide
Chapter 4: Selecting, finding and accessing research participants
Chapter 5: Preparing for the interview
Chapter 6: Conducting the interview
Chapter 7: Dealing with difficulties and the unexpected
Chapter 8: Transcribing, analysing and writing up the interviews

This is a concise and very good introduction to qualitative interviewing that covers all the major steps in conducting qualitative interviews. It does not approach the topic from a political science perspective (which would have been ideal for my purposes) but is still very much accessible to political science students. An excellent book that my students will benefit from immensely.

Dr Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt
Department of Politics, Brunel University
August 8, 2016

This is a very useful text to enable under and postgraduate students explore the various elements involved in conducting interviews.

Ms Sheelagh Mary COLLIER
Humanities WEXFORD, IT Carlow
October 29, 2015

We are not allowed to "adopt" textbooks, but we can strongly suggest to students. About 1/4 of my dissertation seminar bought the book on their own.

Dr Elizabeth Anne Hagens
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Walden University
February 19, 2016

This book is a very useful resource for those who chose to conduct qualitative research using interviews. Equally good for undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Deapartment of Childcare, Social Work and Social Care, University of Chichester
July 23, 2015

A good book to introduce students to the art of interviewing. Very easy to read.

Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
January 20, 2016

Fits with objectives.

Professor Ewald Mittelstaedt
Engineering and Business Managment, South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences
July 14, 2015

The text is highly engaging and accessible, providing essential knowledge of interviewing. Students will find it very helpful

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam University
June 30, 2015

This is a useful introductory book for students starting to undertake interviews as a means of data collection.

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
June 25, 2015

A most useful resource for PG dissertation students who wish to engage with qualitative research methods.

Dorothy McMillan
Early Childhood Studies, Stranmillis University College
June 10, 2015

This would be recommended as supplementary reading for those students wishing to undertake interviewing but would be done on an individual basis. However, I would also find this very useful for my own Doctorate studies and I will show my cohort and programme lead in relation to how clear and useful this text is

Mrs Julia Petty
School of health and social work, Hertfordshire University
June 5, 2015

Alan Morris

Alan Morris is an urban sociologist based in the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His PhD was a major qualitative study of inner city transition in Johannesburg during the final years of apartheid. The book based on his PhD, Bleakness and Light: Inner-City Transition in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, (1999, reprinted 2001) is viewed as one of the key South African texts in urban studies. In Australia his main research focus has been on the impact of housing tenure on older people who are dependent on... More About Author

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