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Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Academic Distance

Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach,
Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009, page viiiidnl

In the foreword to Carolyn Lundsford Mears' book about the Gateway Approach to conducting interviews (and research methodology, really), Karen Tonso writes about the usual distance that is urged between interviewer and interviewee. After talking about a necessary shift away from the separation implied by objectivity, she says:

Instead of stripping emotion, chaos and unruliness from research, as had been the practice in the modern era, postmodern approaches seek to engage the complexity of lived experience and to close the distance between researcher and researched.

That's quite a liberating ideal!

Posted By Jonathan, 9:49am Comment Comments: 0