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Interviews in the social sciences

Knott, Eleanor ORCID: 0000-0002-9131-3939, Rao, Aliya ORCID: 0000-0003-0674-4206, Summers, Kate ORCID: 0000-0001-9964-0259 and Teeger, Chana ORCID: 0000-0002-5046-8280 (2022) Interviews in the social sciences. Nature Reviews Methods Primers, 2 (1). ISSN 2662-8449

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Identification Number: 10.1038/s43586-022-00166-y


In-depth interviews are a versatile form of qualitative data collection used by researchers across the social sciences. They allow individuals to explain, in their own words, how they understand and interpret the world around them. Interviews represent a deceptively familiar social encounter where people interact, asking and answering questions. They are, however, a very particular type of conversation, guided by the researcher and used for specific ends. This dynamic introduces a range of methodological, analytical and ethical challenges, for novice researchers in particular. In this primer, we focus on the stages and challenges of designing and conducting an interview project and analysing data from it, as well as strategies to overcome these challenges.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Springer Nature Limited
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 11:48
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 01:15

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