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Qualitative Interviewing as an embodied emotional performance


Ezzy, D, Qualitative Interviewing as an embodied emotional performance, Qualitative Inquiry, 16, (3) pp. 163-170. ISSN 1077-8004 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1077800409351970


The article argues that the emotional framing of interviews plays a major role in shaping the content of interviews. Drawing on the psychoanalytic theory of Jessica Benjamin and Luce Irigaray, the article describes how interviews can be experienced as either conquest or communion. Qualitative researchers typically focus on the cognitively articulated aspects of the interview and elide the significance of their own and the interviewee's, emotions. A reanalysis of two previous qualitative interview studies is used to illustrate the difference between interviews experienced as conquest or communion. The article argues that all interviews are emotional and embodied performances and that good interviewing is facilitated by a reflexive awareness of, and engagement with, the emotional, embodied, and performed dimensions of the interview. © The Author(s) 2010.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:60815
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:73
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2010-02-19
Last Modified:2011-04-27

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