Review of Karen Olson’s Essentials of Qualitative Interviewing

Some 20 years or so, David Silverman coined the term “interview society” to highlight the pervasiveness of interviews not only in academia but beyond. Almost everyone of us has been interviewed at some point, and not few of us have conducted interviews ourselves. In the social sciences, qualitative interviews have become one of the most common forms of data collection. It therefore is not surprising that new books discussing novel interview techniques or summarising the state of art are regularly published. One of those books describing the state of the art of qualitative interviewing is Karen Olson’s “Essentials of Qualitative Interviewing” published by Let Coast Press in 2011. Jan Trost has written a review of Olson’s book that has just been published on Early View.


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