What is Qualitative Interviewing? is an accessible and comprehensive 'what is' and 'how to' methods book. It is distinctive in emphasising the importance of good practice in understanding and undertaking qualitative interviews within the framework of a clear philosophical position. Rosalind Edwards and Janet Holland provide clear and succinct explanations of a range of philosophies and theories of how to know about the social world, and a thorough discussion of how to go about researching it using interviews. A series of short chapters explain and illustrate a range of interview types and practices. Drawing on their own and colleagues' experiences Holland and Edwards provide real research examples as informative illustrations of qualitative interviewing in practice, and the use of a range of creative interview tools. They discuss the use of new technologies as well as tackling enduring issues around asking and listening and power dynamics in research. Written in a clear and accessible style the book concludes with a useful annotated bibliography of key texts and journals in the field. What is Qualitative Interviewing? provides a vital resource for both new and experienced social science researchers across a range of disciplines.
Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK, and a co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. She is founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology and currently sits on the Economic and Social Research Council's Methods and Infrastructure Committee. Janet Holland is Professor of Social Research at London South Bank University, UK. She was co-director (with Bren Neale) of the Timescapes Initiative (2007 to 2012) a unique qualitative longitudinal research study involving nine research projects and five UK universities. She is an elected member of the Academy of Social Sciences.