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Interviewing Elites, Experts and the Powerful in Criminology

Authors: Petintseva, Olga, Faria, Rita, Eski, Yarin

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  • Speaks practically to those in the field of criminology and the wider social sciences
  • Includes vivid examples from the authors' research practice
  • Explains the practical “do’s” and “don’ts” of interviewing in an accessible way
  • Builds on the current interest in elite and expert interviewing in Criminology in particular
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About this book

This book offers practical advice on designing, conducting and analyzing interviews with ‘elite’ and ‘expert’ persons (or ‘socially prominent actors’), with a focus on criminology and criminal justice. It offers dilemmas and examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practices in order to encourage readers to critically asses their own work. It also addresses methodological issues which include: access, power imbalances, getting past ‘corporate answers’, considerations of whether or not it is at times acceptable to ask leading questions and whether to enter a discussion with a respondent at all. This book will be valuable to students and scholars conducting qualitative research.

About the authors

Olga Petintseva is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Her expertise is located at the intersection of criminology, migration studies and socio-linguistics.

Julie Tieberghien is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium. 
Rita Faria is Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology, University of Porto, Portugal. Rita does research in white-collar crime, research misconduct and the use of qualitative methods in Criminology. 
Yarin Eski is Assistant Professor at the Knowledge Hub Security and Social Resilience of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in 2015 from the University of Glasgow. 

Reviews

“This book is destined to become a classic in interviewing approaches and techniques. The material is essential for all students, academics, or practitioners interested or engaged in qualitative research. Interviewing powerful people involves understanding the complexities that are fully explored and explained in this reader-friendly work. The who, what, why, and how of using interviewing methodologies and learning from failures and successes are essential to the substantive power of the text. Readers will appreciate the detail, organization, and big picture moments that apply to numerous social science fields. Kudos to the authors for their inspiration and successful efforts” (Mary Dodge, PhD, University of Colorado Denver, USA)

“The book by Olga, Rita and Yarin succeeds in combining methodological reflection on elite and expert interviews with practical guidelines on how to prepare, conduct and analyse these interviews. Their book provides students and scholars alike with a well structured and easily accessible textbook on when and how to use elite or expert interviews. Although it has a certain focus on criminology, the book will serve a much wider social science audience” (Prof. Leo Van Audenhove, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-33000-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-32999-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interviewing Elites, Experts and the Powerful in Criminology
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33000-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33000-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32999-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 166
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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