Puwar, N. (1997) 'Reflections on
Interviewing Women MPs'
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Received: 11/6/96 Accepted: 6/3/97 Published: 31/3/97
...the powerful - in this case the administrative and political elite - have considerable constitutional, legal and cultural resources that enable them to deflect or channel any research in which they are the object of enquiry. The power they exercise is reflected both in the paucity of studies about elites, in this case in education, and in the kind of research that is directed against them. The classroom or 'street corner society' can be observed in minute detail, but the same cannot be said about the interactional exchanges in the Cabinet Office. (1994: p. 48)
The exchanges ... were rather more hurried than we would have wished. We also edited the schedule as the interview proceeded, in order to give priority to what we thought were the key questions. (Fitz and Haplin, 1994: p. 47)
Interview Time||Interviews Not Rushed||Interviews Rushed|
|2 hours +||4||0|
|1 hour to 2 hours||11||3|
|45 mins to 1 hour||0||9|
|20 mins to 45 mins||0||8|
|Location of Interview||Other Person(s) Present||Behaviour of Other Person(s)|
|1. Open Plan Office at Norman Shaw North Building||Male PA's of other MP & her own||Attending to other business|
|2. Tiny Office at the House of Commons||Male PA |
& Male Guest
|Attending to other
Waiting to see MP.
|3. Tea Room at the House of Commons||Female Secretary||Having coffee, listening to interview & commenting.|
|4. Tea Room at the House of Commons||A male MP (half way through interview)||Listening & commenting. Waiting to see MP.|
|5. Bar at the House of Commons||4 young male assistants||Drinking and listening
|6. Spare Room at 7 Millbank||Female Friend||Listening whilst waiting to see MP|
|7. Lobby at the House of Commons||Female MP & her friend (10 minute interruption)||All having a chat & taking up interview time|
|8. Office at 7 Millbank||Male PA||Attending to other business|
|9. Office at the House of Commons||Male Assistant||Listening whilst waiting to see MP|
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