Hollway, Wendy and Jefferson, Tony
(2009). Researching defended subjects with the free association narrative interviewing method.
In: Cook, Harold J.; Bhattacharya, Sanjoy and Hardy, Anne eds.
History of the social determinants of health: Global histories, contemporary debates.
Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan, pp. 296–315.
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In this paper, we illustrate several key differences between our approach to interpreting accounts of research subjects and those of other qualitative researchers. In particular, we work with a theoretical premise of a defended, rather than unitary, rational subject. The methodological implications that we discuss here are two-fold: this subject can best be interpreted holistically; and central to this interpretative process are the free associations that interviewees make.
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