Javascript verkar inte påslaget? - Vissa delar av Lunds universitets webbplats fungerar inte optimalt utan javascript, kontrollera din webbläsares inställningar.
Du är här

Interviewees with an agenda – Learning from a 'failed' interview

Publiceringsår: 2013
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 717-734
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Qualitative Research
Volym: 13
Nummer: 6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: SAGE Publications Inc.


Social constructionists consider interviews as mutually co-constructing meaning. But what if the interlocutors do not seem to agree on what they construct? What if the interviewee has a particularly strong agenda, far from the intended research topic? Are these ‘failed’ interviews? We address this issue using a ‘deviant’ interview in a study of ‘being a neighbour’. First, we add to the discussion of interviewees’ category representativeness by acknowledging a situation when the interviewee insists on representing a category not intended by the researcher. Second, we address the notion of asymmetries of power, where it is often assumed that the interviewer has the upper hand. Through this case, we argue that the opposite may well be true. Finally, we argue that cases where the interviewee pursues a strong agenda may suggest new research areas. After all, strong efforts of resistance may indicate deeper cultural concerns.


  • Social Work
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • asymmetries of power
  • category representativeness
  • interviewing
  • interviewees
  • failed interview
  • multi-ethnic neighbourhood
  • sociology
  • sociologi


  • Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk-lup-obsolete
  • ISSN: 1741-3109

Box 117, 221 00 LUND
Telefon 046-222 00 00 (växel)
Telefax 046-222 47 20
lu [at] lu [dot] se

Fakturaadress: Box 188, 221 00 LUND
Organisationsnummer: 202100-3211
Om webbplatsen