Scientific interviews provide a useful resource for qualitative researchers studying people’s perceptions on contemporary phenomena. This article contributes to the large body of literature on qualitative interviews by investigating a rather common but under-reported pattern in interviews, that of resistance. Resistance is a form of power that the participant maintains and can exercise at any moment. The phenomenon knows various expressions from a refusal on the side of the participant to sign the consent form to question dodging or embellished accounts. Two case studies are used to underpin the basic argument that resistance in interviews may be a valuable finding in itself if contextualized properly.


Qualitative Interviews, Reflexivity, Resistance, Dominance

Author Bio(s)

Dimitra Kizlari is a doctoral researcher at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage. She holds a BA in Archaeology and Art History and a MA in Museum Studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She joined UCL in 2015 to study how foreign cultural policies are operationalized through the work of the National Institutes for Culture. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: dimitra.kizlari.15@ucl.ac.uk.

Dr Kalliopi Fouseki is Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and Course Director of the MSc for Sustainable Heritage. Her Ph.D. in heritage management focused in negotiation theories in the case of in-situ museums. She has worked in several museums including the New Acropolis Museum, Athens and the Science Museum, London. Her current research interests lie in participatory approaches to heritage management, heritage values, heritage and sustainable development. She holds an editorial role at the Journal for Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites.


The authors wish to express their gratitude to both reviewers for their thoughtful approach in reviewing this article.

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