Constraints and Opportunities with Interview Transcription: Towards Reflection in Qualitative Research.

  title={Constraints and Opportunities with Interview Transcription: Towards Reflection in Qualitative Research.},
  author={D. George Oliver and Julianne Maria Serovich and Tina L. Mason},
  journal={Social forces; a scientific medium of social study and interpretation},
  volume={84 2},
In this paper we discuss the complexities of interview transcription. While often seen as a behind-the-scenes task, we suggest that transcription is a powerful act of representation. Transcription is practiced in multiple ways, often using naturalism, in which every utterance is captured in as much detail as possible, and/or denaturalism, in which grammar is corrected, interview noise (e.g., stutters, pauses, etc.) is removed and nonstandard accents (i.e., non-majority) are standardized. In… CONTINUE READING
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