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Toward understanding in postmodern interview analysis: interpreting the contradictory remarks of a research participant.

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Source
Qual Health Res. 2004 Jul;14(6):858-65
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jul-2004
Author
Elaine M Power
Author Affiliation
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Source
Qual Health Res. 2004 Jul;14(6):858-65
Date
Jul-2004
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Comprehension
Deception
Female
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Knowledge
Logic
Nova Scotia
Postmodernism
Qualitative Research
Research Subjects - psychology
Researcher-Subject Relations
Abstract
How is the qualitative research analyst to understand apparently contradictory remarks made by a research participant? Although social scientists in the positivist tradition rely on methods such as triangulation to find "truth," interpretive social scientists listen beyond, between, and underneath participants' words to understand the social conditions that produce apparent contradictions in their accounts. In this article, the author presents a case study of making sense of a research participant's contradictory comments, using a theoretical framework to understand the participant's "logic of practice." Through interpretive listening and reflexivity during the data analysis, she came to understand the participant's contradictory remarks in a way that illuminated the contradictions, as well as a significant process in the participant's life at the time: the transformation from carefree daughter to responsible mother. Such an interpretive analysis does not produce "truth" as positivist social scientists require but offers instead the satisfaction of understanding.
PubMed ID
15200804 View in PubMed
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