9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN20 Qualitative Methods

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Interviews and Focus Groups Building II, B2.01

Interviews with power

Interviews with political or organizational elites are useful providing valuable knowledge of organizational strategies, culture and values. However, such interviews sometimes confront the researcher with respondents seeking to take control of the interview ? or themselves asking critical questions. These interviews may therefore end up alternating between dialogue and conflict. This is shown in relation to organizational strategies concerning the implementation of human rights norms concerning organizational freedom and non-discrimination in the Danish labour market. Furthermore, drawing inspiration from qualitative methodology focussing on resistance and power in qualitative research the paper argues that in fact it may be productive that such interviews alternate between a dialogical and an agonistic approach. The article therefore proposes to seek to integrate a dialogical and an agonistic approach drawing inspiration from both Foucault and from the ethics of Aristotle which has recently inspired qualitative organizational research.