Narrative, Power and the Public
4. Face-to-Face, One-to-One: Production of Knowledge in and through Narrative Interviews
Question: Should each and every researcher do interviews in their specific field?
Answer: If we would rule the world, yes. Always. Not only do them, but do many kinds and varieties of them. Hitting them high and low, stating them wide and narrow. If we ruled the world, everyone everywhere would be doing more and better, more nuanced and deep-seated narrative interviews. Nobody would be able to escape both doing and giving committed and contextually informed and embedded interviews about the content of the current state of their practice.
Fortunately, this question and answer portrays a hypothetical confrontation. Luckily enough, neither we, individually or collectively, nor any others working with issues of methods, rule the world, or the field, or the faculty. Methods are tools, tools for thinking with and tools for structuring that act of thinking with. They are not monopolies, and they should not be restricted, but instead, they should carry the weight of the open-source mentality and attitude loud and proud. Methods are like our daily experiences: plural and contradictory.
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