Ινστιτούτο Γνωσιακής Αναλυτικής Ψυχοθεραπείας

The Dominance of Dialogical Interview Research

Έτος Δημοσίευσης
2005
Συγγραφέας/είς
Steinar Kvale
Είδος Δημοσίευσης
Paper

Qualitative research interviewing has during the last decades become a sensitive and powerful method for investigating subjects’ private and public lives. The qualitative interviews have often been regarded as a progressive form of social research. The interviews sometimes go under the name of dialogue, a concept, which has also become popular in political, managerial and educational contexts. I shall here discuss the possibility that research interviews may also entail soft, subjectified, forms of power exertion, and outline their asymmetrical power relations. As a contrast to a neglect of power and conflict in warm and caring dialogical interview research, I will depict various forms of agonistic interviews, which deliberately play on power differences and contradictions. I shall then address societal contexts of interviewing and draw in the use of dialogues by the exercise of power in politics, management and education. Finally, I discuss interviews in relation to seductive forms of manipulation in the interview culture of a postmodern consumer society.

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