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The qualities of the interviewer, not his sex, race and personal history, were the important" - Discuss.

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UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY MSc/Diploma Sociology MSc/Diploma Ethnicity and Multiculturalism MSc/Diploma Social and Cultural Theory MSc/Diploma Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) MSc/DIPLOMA PROGRAMME 2002/03 NAME OF STUDENT: Ying Shi STUDENT NUMBER: 0236582 MSc PROGRAMME: Msc Sociology UNIT TITLE: Fundamentals of Social Research UNIT CODE NUMBER: SOCIM3002 UNIT TUTOR: Dr. Will Guy ESSAY TITLE: "It was suggested to us that we ought to have women interviewers to interview women and Negro interviewers for blacks. By that logic... we would have to have prostitutes for prostitutes, drug addicts for drug addicts and so on. [For us] the qualities of the interviewer, not his sex, race and personal history, were the important." Discuss. WORD COUNT: 2770 DATE OF SUBMISSION: 24th Jan, 2003 "It was suggested to us that we ought to have women interviewers to interview women and Negro interviewers for blacks. By that logic... we would have to have prostitutes for prostitutes, drug addicts for drug addicts and so on. [For us] the qualities of the interviewer, not his sex, race and personal history, were the important." Discuss. England is an entirely new country to me - an international student. I have stayed in Bristol for only 5 months. Now when I recall the start of my life in England, what were the most things I have done at the beginning of my study life is "asking" friendly English people all kinds of questions. I should thank for those who helped me to find the way, told me how to take bus, taught me various slang, or helped me how to stay in a strange country. Through talking with those people, I am getting used to the life in Bristol bit by bit. What is more important is that I am familiar to English culture step by step. From the experience of myself, I really realize the importance of communication, especially the communication between people face to face. ...read more.

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We don't discuss the content of it. I'm mainly focusing on the methods the journalists collect data in China. After watching one of the piece named "Mao's Children", I find that it strange that people are more likely to say something when the interviewers are not belong to a special group - it is to say that the interviewers and the respondents are apart belong to different ethnic group. Hyman found that white interviewers received more socially acceptable responses from black respondents than from white respondents. Similarly, black and Oriental interviewers obtained more socially acceptable answers than did white interviewers, with the differences predictably being greatest on questions of race.6 In fact, as well as race, characteristics such as age, sex, social class, and religion have proven to have an impact for which an allowance has to be made. Socially acceptable responses are particularly likely to represent convenient ways of dealing with interviewers rather than expressing the respondent's actual view.7 So it is not strange that Chinese people become more and more talkative when they face foreign journalists. It is also true when I do some research with my teacher in my undergraduate study in Shanghai University. The topic we choose is mainly focus on the group live in the lowest level of the whole social structure. In our research, we called them "unequally treated people" ("ruo shi qun ti" in Chinses), includes: disable people, elderly people, the poorest people, and any other potential people live in a struggling situation of Shanghai. Because the report of this research is used for the government, when we do our research, we obtain the support of government. At first, with the guidance of government officials, it is easy for us to enter the interviewees' home. But there is also a big problem occurs. Every time, government official will fellow one of our research groups to do interview. ...read more.

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For this reason, researchers might pay more attention to the interviewing practice, as well as what is said and done as a result of the of interview, for the overall purpose of improving our understanding of the social world. Notes: 1 BELL, J. Doing Your Research Project, 3rd Edition, P135 2 BELL, J. Doing Your Research Project, 3rd Edition, P135 3 BELL, J. Doing Your Research Project, 3rd Edition, P135 4 M. D. Shipman, The Limitations of Social Research, P77 5 O'CONNELL DAVIDSON, J, Methods, Sex and Madness, P117 6 GILBERT, G. N. (ed.), Researching Social Life, P133 7 GILBERT, G. N. (ed.), Researching Social Life, P134 8 Cited in Martin Bulmer & Donald P. Warwick (ed.), Social Research in Developing Countries, P205 9 MAY, TIM, Social research: issues, methods, and process, P142 10 Cited in MAY, TIM, Social research: issues, methods, and process, P143 11 MAY, TIM, Social research: issues, methods, and process, P143 12 Cited in BELL, J. Doing Your Research Project, 3rd Edition, P136 13 Martin Bulmer & Donald P. Warwick (ed.), Social Research in Developing Countries, P206 14 Cited in Martin Bulmer & Donald P. Warwick (ed.), Social Research in Developing Countries, P206 15 O'CONNELL DAVIDSON, J, Methods, Sex and Madness, P118 16 O'CONNELL DAVIDSON, J, Methods, Sex and Madness, P120 Bibliographies: 1. BELL, J. (1993) , Doing Your Research Project, 3rd Edition, Open University Press 2. M. D. Shipman (1872), The Limitations of Social Research, Longman Group Limited. 3. O'CONNELL DAVIDSON, J (1994), Methods, Sex and Madness, Routledge 4. GILBERT, G. N. (ed.) (2001), Researching Social Life, 2nd Edition, Sage 5. Martin Bulmer & Donald P. Warwick (ed.) (1993), Social Research in Developing Countries, UCL Press Limited 6. MAY, TIM (2001), Social research: issues, methods, and process, Open University Press 7. Blaxter, L. Hughes, C. & Tight, M. (2001) How to research, 2nd Edition, Open University Press 8. McCrossan, L. (1984), A Handbook For Interviewers: A manual of Social Survey Practice and Procedures for structured interviewing, OPCS Assessed essay (FOSR) - 1 - ...read more.

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