By highlighting a collaborative praxis between performative interviewing and affect theories, this essay theorizes interpretive discernment as an orientational and conceptual foundation that paves the way for performative interviewing. Interpretive discernment—the process of sensing and interpreting affective registers—encompasses both a methodological orientation and an analytical heuristic. We argue that interpretive discernment builds an interpretive architecture that expands our vocabulary, heightens our ability to listen for the affective in interviews, homes in on methodological nuances that enrich critical qualitative approaches to interviewing, and provides a structure to performative interviewing analysis.
Interpretive Discernment and Performative Listening: Feeling Our Way toward a Performative Understanding of Interviewing
Salma T. Shukri is Instructor in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Correspondence to: Salma T. Shukri, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder, 995 Regent Drive, Koelbel Building, 419 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Kate G. Willink is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado. Correspondence to: Kate G. Willink, Department of Communication Studies, University of Denver, Sturm Hall, Room #200, 2000 E. Asbury Avenue, Denver, CO 80208, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Salma T. Shukri, Kate G. Willink; Interpretive Discernment and Performative Listening: Feeling Our Way toward a Performative Understanding of Interviewing. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 23 September 2020; 9 (3): 48–77. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.3.48
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