The Life Story Interview
- Robert Atkinson - University of Southern Maine, Gorham, USA
Qualitative Research Methods
First-person narratives are a fundamental tool of the qualitative researcher. One of the latest volumes in the Qualitative Research Methods series, The Life Story Interview provides specific suggestions and guidelines for preparing and executing a life story interview. Author Robert Atkinson, Director of the Center for the Study of Lives at the University of Southern Maine, places the life story interview into a wider research context before moving on to planning and conducting the interview. Atkinson carefully covers the classic functions of stories, the research uses of life stories, generating data from a life story, and the art and science of life story interviewing. He also thoroughly examines the potential benefits of sharing a life story, getting the information desired and questions to ask, and transcribing and interpreting the interview. To provide further support for the reader, the book concludes with a sample life story interview.
As the use and study of narratives continues to grow in importance throughout the research enterprise, The Life Story Interview becomes an even-more valuable tool for qualitative researchers in all disciplines.
Very valuable text for students undertaking the life story approach. Essential reading.
It's a succinct, yet mostly thorough, overview of the life history interview. This thrifty blue book even manages to fit an example edited interview near the end of the text. I have used it on a number of occasions for introductory anthropology courses.
Life story and narrative are Becoming more. Widely used. Methods -this. Is. A. Good. Text for. Helping. Students. Understand. The. Methos