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Interviewing is data collection in face-to-face settings, using an oral question-and-answer format which either employs the same questions in a systematic and structured way for all respondents, or allows respondents to talk about issues in less directed but discursive manner.

Section Outline: Many varieties of interviewing. Face-to-face interviewing in social surveys. Interviewer instructions, training and briefing. ‘Neutrality’. Refusals. Interviewer bias. Qualitative interviewing: depth interviews and bias. Semi-structured and unstructured interviews. Recording answers. Limitations of interviews: cost; less anonymous; field-force hard to set up and manage. Benefits over other methods: high response rates; contacting the right people; handling more complex material; elaboration on answers.

The most extensive social research method, namely interviewing, covers a range of styles (Sarantakos 1998 lists nearly 30 sub-types). Here, we concentrate on ...

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