Data Collection: Interviewing

Albert Dale Hunter*

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5 Scopus citations


Interviews are fundamental tools in the social sciences for different styles of research such as experimental, survey, fieldwork, and nonreactive research. According to some theories of measurement, all measurement involves interaction (usually between two people), and interviews are particularly noteworthy in this respect. The article relates four theories of social interaction within the interview process: role theory, exchange theory, conflict theory, and symbolic interaction. It concludes by noting the necessity of a multimethod strategy to refine the use of interview techniques in social science research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Interview as an ambiguous situation
  • Interview as exchange
  • Interview control
  • Interview formats
  • Interviewer bias
  • Social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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