Interviews were once thought to be the pipeline through which information was transmitted from a passive subject to an omniscient researcher. However the new `active interview' considers interviewers and interviewees as equal partners in constructing meaning around an interview. This interpretation changes a range of elements in the interview process - from the way of conceiving a sample to the ways in which the interview may be conducted and the results analyzed. In this guide, the authors outline the differences between active interviews and traditional interviews and give novice researchers clear guidelines on conducting a successful interview.
What fund of experiential knowledge does the storytelling respondent summon to formulate his or her narratives? How does the respondent use this repository? Let us compare two kinds of answers to these questions.
One answer, of course, derives from the notion that the fund of knowledge is a vessel of answers and ...