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Elite and specialized interviewing.
Dexter, Lewis Anthony.
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Publication Information:
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 1970.
Physical Description:
xiv, 205 pages ; 23 cm.
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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. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Alan Ware and Martin Sanchez-JankowskiCharles MorrisseyJohn P. Dean and William Foote Whyte
New Introductionp. 1
Editor's Forewordp. 13
Acknowledgmentsp. 15
Chapter I Introductionp. 17
Chapter II Suggestions for Getting, Conducting, and Recording the Interviewp. 31
Chapter III Working Paper on Interviewing Procedures for a Law and Psychiatry Projectp. 73
Chapter IV On Oral History Interviewingp. 93
Chapter V What Kind of Truth Do You Get? "How Do You Know if the Informant Is Telling the Truth?"p. 100
Facts, Inference, and Analysisp. 109
Chapter VI Toward a Transactional Theory of Interviewing: Self-Assessment in the Interview Processp. 115
References and Sourcesp. 133
Indexp. 151