TITLE

Usages probatoire et exploratoire de l'entretien unique: Éléments de discussion à partir de l'étude de deux travaux de sociologie des sciences

AUTHOR(S)
Racouet, Pascal
PUB. DATE
April 2000
SOURCE
Sociologie & Sociétés;printemps2000, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p171
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper reflects on the possible uses of the single interview (entretien unique), using two examples for illustration. We have identified two such uses. The first, probative in nature, consists in using the interview as an instrument to corroborate hypotheses. This use is tied to a denaturing of the social reality of the interview. The other use, exploratory in nature, makes the single interview the point of departure for the investigation. We defend the idea that this use must be preceded by passing in review what a survey relationship is, the status attributed to the respondent's discourse, and, furthermore, that this use of the single interview appears to be the only legitimate one from the point of view of scientific rigour. In the concluding part of the paper, we broaden the discussion to the frequent use of interviews as examples and then suggest reflecting on the conditions which make possible putting in place a real procedure for verifying truth in sociology.
ACCESSION #
24768068

 

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