Listening to people : a practical guide to interviewing, participant observation, data analysis, and writing it all up


Listening to people : a practical guide to interviewing, participant observation, data analysis, and writing it all up

Annette Lareau

(Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing)

University of Chicago Press, 2021

  • : cloth

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-308) and index



A down-to-earth, practical guide for interview and participant observation and analysis. In-depth interviews and close observation are essential to the work of social scientists, but inserting one's researcher-self into the lives of others can be daunting, especially early on. Esteemed sociologist Annette Lareau is here to help. Lareau's clear, insightful, and personal guide is not your average methods text. It promises to reduce researcher anxiety while illuminating the best methods for first-rate research practice. As the title of this book suggests, Lareau considers listening to be the core element of interviewing and observation. A researcher must listen to people as she collects data, listen to feedback as she describes what she is learning, listen to the findings of others as they delve into the existing literature on topics, and listen to herself in order to sift and prioritize some aspects of the study over others. By listening in these different ways, researchers will discover connections, reconsider assumptions, catch mistakes, develop and assess new ideas, weigh priorities, ponder new directions, and undertake numerous adjustments-all of which will make their contributions clearer and more valuable. Accessibly written and full of practical, easy-to-follow guidance, this book will help both novice and experienced researchers to do their very best work. Qualitative research is an inherently uncertain project, but with Lareau's help, you can alleviate anxiety and focus on success.


1: Introduction: The Emergent Nature of the Research Process 2: Before You Begin: Dreaming and Thinking 3: Preparing: The Early Steps in a Study 4: Learning to Interview: What to Do before and after the Interview 5: How to Conduct a Good Interview: Dig Deep 6: Learning to Do Participant Observation: A Practical Guide 7: Writing High-Quality Field Notes: Details Matter 8: Data Analysis: Thinking as you Go 9: Writing: Becoming Clearer about Your Contribution 10: Conclusion: Why Interviews and Participant Observation Research Are Valuable Final Words Acknowledgments Appendix to Chapter 3: Navigating the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects: Or, How to Manage the IRB Process Notes Bibliography Index

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