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Authors: Wendy Hollway and Tony Jefferson

Excerpt: In this paper, we illustrate several key differences between our approach to interpreting accounts of research subjects and those of other qualitative researchers. In particular, we work with a theoretical premise of a defended, rather than unitary, rational subject. The methodological implications that we discuss here are twofold: this subject can best be interpreted holistically; and central to this interpretative process are the free associations that interviewees make.

Hollway, Wendy and Jefferson, Tony (2008). The free association narrative interview method. In: Given, Lisa M. ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods. Sevenoaks, California: Sage, pp. 296–315.

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See also: Doing Qualitative Research Differently


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