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Standing outside the interview process? The illusion of objectivity in phenomenologiccal data generation

Lowes, Lesley Madeline and Prowse, Morag 2001. Standing outside the interview process? The illusion of objectivity in phenomenologiccal data generation. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 38 (4) , pp. 471-480. 10.1016/S0020-7489(00)00080-8

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Abstract

This paper challenges the idea of researcher objectivity as a necessary feature of phenomenological interviewing by contrasting the philosophies of Husserl and Heidegger in relation to the way they influence the interview process, the generation of data and the role of the researcher in the interview. The discussion demonstrates how a failure to distinguish between Husserlian transcendental phenomenology and Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology results in methodological confusion. The interviewing process is analysed with regard to researchers’ preconceptions, interviewer bias, the pursuit of objectivity and the relevance of subjectivity in phenomenological research. Quality indicators, such as adequacy of description and the elucidation of researchers’ preconceptions, are discussed and illustrated with examples from the authors’ doctoral studies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heidegger ; Husserl ; Interviewing ; Phenomenology ; Preconceptions ; Objectivity vs. subjectivity
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0020-7489
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11163

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