Interviews, like observation, are a crucial part of doing ethnography. They are a social event on their own. While you are perhaps a relative stranger to your interviewee, you hope that he or she will share their intimately personal narrative with you. We learn about ‘building rapport’, and to reflect on our social and cultural positioning. This sometimes includes appreciating strong physical similarities or dissimilarities with our research participants, but otherwise physical positioning does not receive a lot of attention. What role can our body play in building rapport and creating a fluid exchange between interviewer and interviewee? How is our body language, as we host and lead the interview, when we are at the same time a guest in someone else’s life space?
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