Commonality, Difference and the Dynamics of Disclosure in In-Depth Interviewing

Song, Miri and Parker, David (1995) Commonality, Difference and the Dynamics of Disclosure in In-Depth Interviewing. Sociology, 29 (2). pp. 241-256. ISSN 0038-0385. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038595029002004) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The last few decades have witnessed a notable growth in literature addressing the politics and ethics of social research. Much of this literature has stressed difference between the researcher and the interviewee, and has addressed the importance of sensitising researchers to the difficulties and dilemmas encountered in in-depth interviewing crossing sex, class, and race boundaries. We argue that an examination of the cultural identities of the researcher and the interviewee, and how they may impact upon the interview process, needs further exploration. As two independent researchers of Chinese young people in Britain, we found that our interview experiences as mixed-descent Chinese-English and Korean-American researchers `positioned' us in terms of both commonality and difference vis-à-vis our interviewees. More attention needs to be given to how assumptions made by interviewees regarding the cultural identity of the researcher shapes interviewees' accounts. Interviewees could claim either commonality or difference with us, on the basis of gender, language, physical appearance and personal relationships.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: cultural identity, extended interviews, commonality, difference, disclosure, multiple, identifications
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 12:54 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 13:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37834 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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