Interviewing pairs: discussions on migration and identity

Lohm, Davina and Kirpitchenko, Liudmila 2013, Interviewing pairs: discussions on migration and identitySAGE research methods cases, SAGE, London, England, pp.1-18, doi: 10.4135/978144627305013509356.

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Title Interviewing pairs: discussions on migration and identity
Author(s) Lohm, Davina
Kirpitchenko, Liudmila
Title of book SAGE research methods cases
Publication date 2013
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher SAGE
Place of Publication London, England
Keyword(s) paired interviews
social inclusion
power relations
Summary This article examines a research method of conducting interviews with pairs of individuals, who may be friends or relatives. The authors critically reflect on their experiences of collecting qualitative data in an interview with two respondents. While one-on-one interviews and focus groups are more established and well-studied forms of gathering research data, we argue that paired interviews as a data collections method present additional advantages as well as some challenges for qualitative researchers. The researchers embraced the opportunity to interview pairs of individuals with the intention of minimising the asymmetry of power habitually inherent in interview situations. In the authors' experiences, paired interviews served to empower those being interviewed and reduced the discomfort felt by some in the personal interview situation. This form of interviewing tended to give more autonomy to the respondents and prompted them to provide more nuanced responses. Paired interviews assisted respondents in feeling relaxed and comfortable, provided a vibrant environment that encouraged respondents to build on each other's ideas and enabled them to enhance each other's stories. Respondents were better motivated to build discussions around an interview question and then illustrate their responses with examples. In our studies, we found that our respondents tended to offer more thorough and comprehensive narratives in the setting of a paired interview.
ISBN 9781446273050
Language eng
DOI 10.4135/978144627305013509356
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B2 Book chapter in non-commercially published book
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