Elite and Specialized Interviewing (Paperback)
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Short Description for Elite and Specialized Interviewing States that in 'elite' interviewing, the investigator must be willing to let the interviewee teach him what the problem, the question, or the situation is. This book describes the author's practical experience, of both how to interview and how to use interviews.
- Published: 19 March 2008
- Format: Paperback 172 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780954796679 ISBN 10: 0954796675
- Sales rank: 405,754
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Full description for Elite and Specialized Interviewing
Lewis Anthony Dexter (1915 -1995) pioneered the use of specialized interviewing as a tool in the social sciences. He argued that interviewing persons who have specialized information about, or who have involvement with, any social or political processes is different from standardized interviewing. In 'elite' interviewing the investigator must be willing to let the interviewee teach him what the problem, the question, or the situation is. He demonstrated that interviewing was a useful tool, but he also argued that it was not always the most appropriate method for revealing the information required. In Elite and Specialized Interviewing decades of his practical experience, of both how to interview and how to use interviews, was distilled into a readable, yet rigorously analytical, book. First published in 1969, it remains as good a guide to the subject as the 21st century researcher can find. The late Lewis Dexter undertook extensive policy research throughout his career in addition to holding visiting professorships at numerous universities. He was the author of several books including The Sociology and Politics of Congress (1969), The Tyranny of Schooling: An Enquiry into the Problem of 'Stupidity' (1964) and (as co-author) American Business and Public Policy (1963), which won the prestigious Woodrow Wilson prize. In addition, he wrote dozens of articles published in both professional and academic journals.