The E-Interview

Roberta Bampton, Christopher Cowton

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This paper builds on the authors' recent experience of interviewing by e-mail. It describes the principal characteristics of the "e-interview", as we term it, outlining the principal ways in which the e-interview differs from the more familiar method of face-to-face interviewing. Paying particular attention to issues relating to time, space and technology, the paper identifies the possible strengths and weaknesses of the e-interview. It discusses the potential of the e-interview as a research tool, perhaps as a complement to more established methods, and it aims to provide useful practical insights for researchers who might consider conducting e-interviews in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalForum Qualitative Sozialforschung
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2002


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