A Conversation about Having Conversations: A Workshop With Lee Ann Fujii, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
What is interviewing and when is this method useful? What does it mean to select rather than sample interviewees? Once the researcher has found people to interview, how does she build a working relationship with her interviewees? What should the dynamics of talking and listening in interviews be? How do researchers begin to analyze the narrative data generated through interviews? Using an interpretive methodology, Fujii examines interviewing as a relational enterprise. As a relational undertaking, interviewing is more akin to a two-way dialogue than a one-way interrogation. Fujii examines the methodological foundations for a relational approach to interviewing, while at the same time covering many of the practical nuts and bolts of relational interviewing. Examples come from the author’s experiences conducting interviews in Bosnia, Rwanda, and the United States, and from relevant literatures across a variety of social scientific disciplines.
Lee Ann Fujii is the author of Interviewing in Social Science Research: A Relational Approach (Routledge 2017) and Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda (Cornell University Press 2009). She is currently completing her third book, Show Time, which is on local involvement in violence in three very different sites of killing (Bosnia, Rwanda, and the United States).