Examining some discursive resources used in qualitative research interviews

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Christensen, Steven A.. 2010. "Examining some discursive resources used in qualitative research interviews." Mrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas (ed.) 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010). Melbourne, Australia 11 - 16 Jul 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Examining some discursive resources used in qualitative research interviews

Presentation TypePoster
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AuthorChristensen, Steven A.
EditorsMrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas
Journal or Proceedings TitleAbstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology
Number of Pages1
Year2010
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881467
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.icap2010.com
Conference/Event27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Details
27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Date
11 to end of 16 Jul 2010
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

The general aim of this research was to describe some of the discursive practices for managing qualitative research interviews. The specific aim was to examine some regularities in the sequential organisation of a qualitative research interview that the participants use to make this talk orderly, meaningful, and accountable. A
conversation analysis (cf., Sacks, 1992) of 266 lines of transcribed talk from New Zealand Interview 2 (van den Berg, Wetherell, & Houtkoop-Steenstra, 2003) on racism and race relations in New Zealand during the 1980’s was
completed. The cumulative findings of four empirical studies of question formats, response tokens, simultaneous talk, and so-prefaced utterances conducted by Australian psychology honours students will be presented. Participants
organise their co-presence in New Zealand Interview 2 using the normative rules for turntaking, repair, and adjacency pairs. Thus self and other are the basic parties to the conversation; the turn construction unit is the basic metric; and projected completion points are the local
basis for speaker-change. Research interviewing is motile, locally involved, and so requires close cooperation between the participants. The interviewer and the respondent use social rules derived from ordinary, everyday conversations to manage questioning, answering, and other practical actions accomplished in the qualitative research interview. Thus, fine-grained analysis of actual talk shows that interviews are socially organised and culturally informed. This finding conflicts with conventional, neo-positive assumptions of a neutral interviewer and a passive respondent who is a vessel of answers that is common in social psychology.

Keywordsdiscursive resources, research interviews, conversation analysis, interviewer, respondent
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
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