Interview Techniques in Three Different Research Scenarios

By Elena Caprioni, Manuela Deiana and Erik Eklund.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper explores interviewing techniques in the three specific contexts separated in time and space. Manuela Deiana is utilising interview techniques to study Moroccan armed resisters during the colonial period between 1953 and 1956. Elena Caprioni is using field work and interview techniques for research on ethnic relations between Uyghurs and Han in China’s Xinjiang province, while Erik Eklund is interviewing residents in Australian mining towns about their family and community histories.

Keywords: Qualitative Research, Cultural Difference, Oral History, Field Work Interviews, Research Design

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.142MB).

Dr. Elena Caprioni

PhD in Asian Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

She obtained MA Honours in Foreign Literatures and Languages (Chinese and English) at the University of Rome(Italy) in 2003, focusing her thesis on the relations among China, Xinjiang and Central Asia after 1991. She received her PhD in History and International Relations from the University of Cagliari (Italy) in the fall of 2008. Elena’s research explores the mechanism by which China has attempted to incorporate the territory of Xinjiang and the non-Han people of the region into the “unitary, multi-ethnic” People’s Republic of China. Her research interests cover a range of topics in nationalism, identity, and gender in Xinjiang.

Manuela Deiana

PhD student, Faculty of Political Sciences , Department of historical-political-international studies, University of Cagliari, Monserrato, Italy

She obtained her 4-year-degree (laurea) in Political Sciences at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in 2004. She discussed the final dissertation «“Under the sign of un indefinite oppression”. Revolution and nationalism in Algeria», moving from an analysis of Frantz Fanon’s writings on the Algerian liberation struggle. Currently involved in the last year of a PhD in History, Institutions and International Relations of Contemporary Africa at the University of Cagliari with a research project on the role of Sultan Mohammed V in the historical and political evolution of Morocco during the last period of the protectorate and the first years of the independence.

Prof. Erik Eklund

Head, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Science, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia

I am a historian who has published extensively on the labour and social history of Australian industrial and mining towns. My 2002 monograph, ‘Steel Town: The making and breaking of Port Kembla’ won the 2003 New South Wales’ preimer’s prize for regional and community history. In 2003 I published a co-edited textbook, ‘Australia to 1901’ (with Martin Crotty). My current research project looking at a sample of six Australian mining and industrial towns in funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. In 2008 I was appointed Professor and Head of School, Humanities, Communications and Social Science at the Gippsland campus at Monash University.


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