The new edition of this landmark volume emphasizes the dynamic, interactional, and reflexive dimensions of the research interview. Contributors highlight the myriad dimensions of complexity that are emerging as researchers increasingly frame the interview as a communicative opportunity as much as a data-gathering format. The book begins with the history and conceptual transformations of the interview, which is followed by chapters that discuss the main components of interview practice. Taken together, the contributions to The SAGE Handbook of Interview Research: The Complexity of the Craft encourage readers simultaneously to learn the frameworks and technologies of interviewing and to reflect on the epistemological foundations of the interview craft.
Chapter 1: The History of the Interview
The History of the Interview
The “interview” has existed, and changed over time, both as a practice and as a methodological term in current use. However, the practice has not always been theorized or distinguished from other modes of acquiring information. Interviewing has sometimes been treated as a distinct method, but more often it ...