The e-interview in qualitative research

Roberta Bampton, Christopher Cowton, Yvonne Downs

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In this chapter the authors consider using email as a method for carrying out in-depth, qualitative research interviews. Prompted by an experience of conducting e-interviews, they set out some of their key characteristics, embedding their discussion in the methodological and conceptual literature on qualitative interview and on-line research. The authors then offer a methodological consideration of e-interviewing, focusing on three broad areas: the practical, the interpersonal, and the ethical, highlighting the ways in which e-interviewing transforms aspects of each. They end by offering a view of the future of e-interviewing in the broader landscape of on-line qualitative research methods in general and interviewing in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancing Research Methods with New Technologies
EditorsNatalie Sappleton
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)9781466639195
ISBN (Print)9781466639188
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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