Interview paper of Korean Students

Interview Paper

The interview is one of the most important parts of your ethnographic research because it allows you to gain an insiders perspective on your field site and subculture. A good way to gain authority as a writer is to let the subculture you are researching speak for itself. It is this combination of your outsider and your informants insider views that is key to writing a successful final paper. Your interviewee has insight about your subculture, and you give it order by identifying themes and issues and by unifying the information you collect into a damn fine piece of writing. This writing will embody the feeling of the interviewthe sense of place and of the person you have interviewed.

Goals For This Assignment

– To identify key informants within your field site and subculture
– To create a set of carefully premeditated questions that guide the interview to what you want to explore
– To include a blend of place, description of person, paraphrase, dialogue, and direct quotation
– To blend reflexive reactions and objective writing
– To consider how you will represent an informant (the language you will use to describe that person, the way your reproduce a persons speech, etc.)
– To begin triangulating data to draw conclusions about your subculture.

The Document

You will create a 4-5 page paper that must include the following:
– Physical description of the informant and his/her actions, mannerisms, and personality
– A description of the environment in which the interview takes place
– A blend of a summary and direct quotation of the informants words and your conversation with that person
– A blend of objective writing and reflexive reactions
– A reproduction of the informants voice (imitation of the persons real speech: I wanna go instead of I want to go if it reflects the persons way of speaking)
– Selectivity in the use of quotations, paraphrases, reflection, and description that illustrates the interviews purpose
– Triangulate data; you must use at least one secondary source!
– A conclusion that details new knowledge about the subculture that you have gained through interviews
– A references page according to APA style documentation and citation.

It is important that your interviews and your interview paper have a purpose. I do not want to see a write-up of random questions and answers. Each question you ask and each thing you include in your write-up should have a purpose and should contribute to a point.

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