ERIC Number: ED335709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
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Construing Interview Data and Re-Presenting the "Other."
Ethnographic study, which calls for tape-recorded interview data, requires a means of interpreting such data. One manner of interpretation is the fairly typical approach of providing descriptive and interpretive accounts of the persons who populate particular social scenes. Excerpts from or transcripts of recorded interviews are often used to support the accounts. A second, more playful method of interpretation approaches the production of ethnography and the use of interview data as an opportunity to experience an elevated state of awareness and a deepended understanding of what it is to live lives and make sense. While the former method creates an intrusive power relationship with the interviewer in control, the latter considers the process as if the participants were co-authoring the text/interview. Both enthographer and informant can elevate their minds, to become co-writers of a personal essay that is an ethnography of mind. (A sample ethnography is included; 15 references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Sacramento, CA, February 16-20, 1990).