Maintaining dignity and managing stigma in the interview encounter : the challenge of paid-for participation

Cook, Kay and Nunkoosing, Karl 2008, Maintaining dignity and managing stigma in the interview encounter : the challenge of paid-for participation, Qualitative health research, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 418-427.

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Title Maintaining dignity and managing stigma in the interview encounter : the challenge of paid-for participation
Author(s) Cook, Kay
Nunkoosing, Karl
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 418
End page 427
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 1049-7323
1552-7557
Keyword(s) qualitative methods
general
interviews
vulnerable populations
data collection and management
dramaturgical analysis
Summary The interview is both popular and problematic in social research. In this article, we describe and make problematic interviews from a study conducted with impoverished elders in Melbourne, Australia. Participants were paid $20 for each of two interviews. The result of the paid-for participation was double-edged in that it provided funds for impoverished participants, but the payment modified the exchange of free and open discussion. We describe key exchanges within the research interviews to exemplify how participants managed their experience and presentation of stigma and dignity. We demonstrate, with examples from the transcripts, strategies used by participants to gain agency over the process, while at the same time maintain enough of a semblance of conversational genre to make paid-for participation legitimate. We see this as an interesting methodological event that should inform analysis, interpretations, and the validity of interviews, rather than a problem with the interviewee.
Language eng
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Sage Publications
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