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Title: Respecifying Standardisation in Geographical Research: The Work of Street-Interviewing
Authors: Strebel, Ignaz
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Strebel, Ignaz. 2005. Respecifying Standardisation in Geographical Research:The Work of Street-Interviewing, online papers archived by the Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.
Publisher: Institute of Geography; The School of Geosciences; The University of Edinburgh
Series/Report no.: Institute of Geography Online Paper Series;GEOG-002
Abstract: In this article the problem of standardisation in geographical research is reviewed by focussing on one episode of standardised social scientific research, namely the street interview or respectively the face-to-face delivery of a questionnaire in a public space. The central aspect of the paper is a detailed inquiry into a corpus of video data showing researchers investigating how people perceive comfort in open urban spaces by means of a questionnaire used in ad hoc street interviews. Constitutive features of standardised interviewing are described by carefully examining the front end of a chosen interview. Using detailed transcriptions and video stills of this episode, the article shows how an interviewer establishes contact with passers-by and prepares to start asking questions. I argue that the analysis of interaction between interviewer and respondent are necessary to circumvent the qualitative/quantitative debate, and to understand social scientific and geographical cultures of measuring and standardisation.
Keywords: social scientific research
street interviews
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