9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN20 Qualitative Methods

Using narrative interview and semi-structured interview in research of emotions in organization.

The aim of the paper is to discuss the use of selected qualitative methods in research on emotions in organization. We will show some methodological problems and difficulties when studying emotions using semi-structured and narrative interviews. We will argue that emotions, commonly recognized as subjective states experienced by an individual, and their meaning for an individual should be reconstructed with reference to actions and social processes in which actor is involved (recognizing wider context ? organizational and social).
The focus of the paper will be on answering questions: what is the difference between semi-structured interview and narrative interview according to obtained empirical data? What kind of methodological difficulties may emerge during research process in reference to each of above mentioned techniques? How to go beyond declarative layer of data and reach the one which is meaningful but often hidden because of interactional specific of interview situation?
The discussion will refer to research on professional careers, based on 38 semi-structured interviews, 25 narrative interviews (and observations).