All students will read (A) the same "how-to" chapters on interviewing and (B) a short article with a more particular focus. Choose which B article to read at the sign up link below. It should be about half and half. You may also propose a different article on interviewing, or a case study article based on interviews. Let me know by Friday 11/2 at 2pm. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4AA4AB28A0F58-interviewing
(A) Chapters 3&4: "Preparation for Interviewing" and “Interviewing” in Learning From Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies by Robert S. Weiss. 1995. This looks like a lot of pages, but the formatting makes it longer. It should not take that long to read.
*Note: the Weiss book has a lot of other useful information on different stages and aspects of interviewing that some of you may want to look at. As with most books for the class, it is on reserve at Lamont. Another good resource on how-tos of interviewing is: Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences (3rd edition) by Irving Seidman. 2006. Teachers College Press. online resources at: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:NLIB_158421
(B1) On thinking about sampling/ selection in interviewing:
Small, Mario Luis. 2009. “`How Many Cases Do I Need?’ On Science and the Logic of Case Selection in Field-Based Research.” Ethnography 10 (1): 5–38. small_ethnography_2009.pdf. Focus on pp. 1-15, (basically the "first scenario" which is interviewing), 18-19 ("Alternatives"), and 24-28 (Second Alternative).
(B2) On ethics and evidence when interviewing people you disagree with:
Blee, Kathleen M. 1993. “Evidence, Empathy, and Ethics: Lessons from Oral Histories of the Klan.” The Journal of American History
80 (2): 596–606. Blee1993EvidenceEmpathyEthics.pdf