9thof March 2022

Listening to People: A Masterclass with Annette Lareau


On the occasion of the publication of her latest book, ‘Listening to People: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Participant Observation, Data Analysis and Writing it All Up’, Prof. Anette Lareau (University of Pennsylvania) will host a 1-day masterclass dedicated to the craft of interviewing and participant observation.

The masterclass is open to both junior and senior researchers and will consist of two parts. In the plenary morning-session, Prof. Lareau will conduct a “live-interview” during which she provides concrete guidelines on preparing, conducting and analyzing interview-data.

The afternoon is opened to a limited number of doctoral students who use interviewing or participant observation in their own research. Using the framework provided by ‘Listening to People’, these students will be able to ask Prof. Lareau for advice on the particular issues and problems they face either during the collection of their data or during the phases of analysis and reporting.

The masterclass itself is free of charge, but places are limited and participants for both morning and afternoon-sessions need to register beforehand.

This masterclass is organised by ECCI in collaboration with the interdisciplinary research group VOICE (VUB). The masterclass will be linked to the two-day workshop Socializing Inequality.

Want to join? Send an email to info@eucci.eu and indicate whether you would like to attend the morning and/or afternoon-session. Once registered, participants will receive further practical information about the masterclass itself.



Annette Lareau is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of award-winning books Unequal Childhoods and Home Advantage. She is the co-author, with Blair Sackett, of the forthcoming book Getting Settled: Refugees Navigating Their Way with University of California Press. Her most recent book, Listening to People: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Participant-Observation, Data Analysis, and Writing It All Up, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021. Annette Lareau is the Past President of the American Sociological Association.