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It's good to talk: performing and recording the telephone interview

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper explores the transition of talk to text in the process of performing and recording semi-structured interviews over the telephone. In particular, it considers the ways respondents and the materials enjoined in the process of interviewing exceed their role in the research process. Drawing on my experience of conducting telephone interviews in the UK, I position the interview as an uncertain encounter: one framed by earlier narrations as much as the aims and objectives of the research project; and an orientation towards ‘talk’ as much as the reduction of performance to text. Far from losing track of these uncertainties I argue that tape-recorders are well equipped to document these in/audible realms.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Published In


Citation


  • Cook, N. (2009). It's good to talk: performing and recording the telephone interview. Area, 41 (2), 176-185.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-65549156496

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3070

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 176

End Page


  • 185

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This paper explores the transition of talk to text in the process of performing and recording semi-structured interviews over the telephone. In particular, it considers the ways respondents and the materials enjoined in the process of interviewing exceed their role in the research process. Drawing on my experience of conducting telephone interviews in the UK, I position the interview as an uncertain encounter: one framed by earlier narrations as much as the aims and objectives of the research project; and an orientation towards ‘talk’ as much as the reduction of performance to text. Far from losing track of these uncertainties I argue that tape-recorders are well equipped to document these in/audible realms.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Published In


Citation


  • Cook, N. (2009). It's good to talk: performing and recording the telephone interview. Area, 41 (2), 176-185.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-65549156496

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3070

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 176

End Page


  • 185

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom