Interviewing: Practice, ideology, genre, and intertextuality

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This review applies a critical linguistic anthropological perspective to classic and current scholarly literature on interviewing, understood as a cluster of communicative practices used to produce and circulate various types of authoritative and consequential knowledge about groups and individuals. I begin by treating interviews as multifunctional, ideologically mediated communicative events. I then discuss the multiplicity, indeterminacy, and intertextuality in people's practices and understandings of interviewing as a communicative genre. Interviews are fundamentally intertextual, as they resemble, co-occur with, precede, and follow other communicative events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-520
Number of pages22
JournalAnnual Review of Anthropology
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • intertextuality
  • interviewing
  • language ideology
  • methodology
  • speech genres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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