Elite interviewing

Although the book Scientific Elite is primarily known as a study of the sociological aspects of the Nobel prizes considered by many a “standard and definitive work”, this research of Harriet Zuckerman provides valuable indications on elite interviewing. Specifically, the book includes an appendix (“Appendix A: Interviewing an Ultra-Elite”) that explores this topic. The Appendix A was originally published in a slightly different form at The Public Opinion Quarterly. The work of Harriet Zuckerman on elite interviewing published in Scientific Elite is based in the seminal work of Robert K. Merton published in The Focused Interview, an unique and incredible book that every sociologist should know.