Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond: From Research Design to Analysis and Publication

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Afterword
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We have to examine the psychological dimensions of our
societies, conscious of the fact that this examination itself is
involved—and has a stake—in the very processes and con-
flicts it is analyzing.

—Martín-Baró (1994, p. 49)

This aim of this book was to invite you to consider the possibilities that are available to you in conducting qualitative research. I emphasized the inductive nature of qualitative research, the use of reciprocity and reflexivity, and the systematic and iterative steps involving data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The semi-structured interview is a qualitative research method that is frequently underestimated in the social sciences. The versatility and strength of this method can allow for an exploration of specific dimensions of your research question. The semi-structured interview is instrumental in creating openings for a narrative to unfold, while also including questions informed by theory. As such, this method is particularly suited to assist you in attending to the depth and complexity of your data.

In order to ground the abstract discussion of methods and interpretation, I used a completed research project as an example. This study, referred to throughout as the desegregation study, was not meant to be

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