Haastattelumenetelmän tulkinnat sosiaalitieteellisessä diskurssintutkimuksessa: esimerkkinä laadullisen asennetutkimuksen lähestymistapa
The debate over the role of interviews in qualitative social research, especially relational-constructionist forms of discursive research, was lively already a decade ago and the debate continues. Some scholars argue that researchers who are interested in discourses should avoid producing interview data altogether. In this article, we compile and critically discuss the criticism posed against interview-based discursive research and defend the place of interviews in social research. While evaluating different forms of research, we argue, one must discuss methods and materials but also, if not more importantly, theoretical and methodological perspectives to them. Furthermore, we introduce qualitative attitude approach as an example of a discursive approach that utilises interview data while acknowledging the criticism against interview-based research scholars have presented over the years.