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Interviews are the most effective method of research for understanding society. Discuss.

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Interviews are the most effective method of research for understanding society. Discuss. Sociologists carry out research to gain information and understanding on a topic that may otherwise be poorly understood; whilst interviews may not be the only way of understanding society they are one of the most effective. For the most part the topics studied by sociologist are taboo topics not openly discussed in society therefore sociologist need to use methods which do not offend but still gather the level and depth of information needed. Interviews gather more information than questions are as with a questionnaire the subject may be tempted to get it out of the way quickly and not add the same depth to the answers it is a two sided discussion which is mostly question and answer giving the subject chance to expand on their answer. ...read more.

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Interviews can be referred back to as the information is usually recorded on a tape player so if there is something which was not quite understood it can be re heard and reevaluated, Interviews can be carried out in a natural or neutral setting meaning that if the topic is particularly sensitive then the subject will not feel threatened by the interviewer. They allow people to speak for themselves and to give a real account of what really happened so that they are not just answering yes or no to a question. Interviews allow the researcher to see how a persons life changes because of an event as they can do an interview with them before it happens while it's happening and after it has happened. ...read more.

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give a valid account of the experience as it may be painful or embarrassing for them to talk about, also it would be difficult to check if the information is correct the trust has to be put in the person who is given the information. A person's emotion may get in the way of what they are trying to tell the researcher and therefore the information given may not be truthful. So, are interviews the most effective way of research of understanding society? It's quick easy and gathers more depth and understanding of the topic than some other ways of doing research but the information given may not be ecologically valid, however in my opinion interviews are a very good way of gathering information for understanding society. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicola Holdworth. ...read more.

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