Interviewing: Practice, Ideology, Genre, and Intertextuality

Posted: 23 Oct 2014

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Michèle Koven

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Communications

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

This review applies a critical linguistic anthropological perspective to classic and current scholarly literature on interviewing, understood as a cluster of communicative practices used to produce and circulate various types of authoritative and consequential knowledge about groups and individuals. I begin by treating interviews as multifunctional, ideologically mediated communicative events. I then discuss the multiplicity, indeterminacy, and intertextuality in people's practices and understandings of interviewing as a communicative genre. Interviews are fundamentally intertextual, as they resemble, co-occur with, precede, and follow other communicative events.

Suggested Citation

Koven, Michèle, Interviewing: Practice, Ideology, Genre, and Intertextuality (October 2014). Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 43, pp. 499-520, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2513774 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-anthro-092412-155533

Michèle Koven (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Communications ( email )

United States

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