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Online Interviewing

Online Interviewing

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September 2009 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Online Interviewing is a short, accessible and highly practical introduction to designing and conducting online interviews in qualitative research.

James and Busher focus on helping the reader to understand the methodological and epistemological challenges of carrying out online interviews in the virtual environment. They highlight the many new ethical issues that face researchers in this medium. The authors also encourage an engagement with the critical theoretical issues that must be considered in the conduct of online interviews. The resulting book is a well-reasoned introduction to the challenges and opportunities offered by online interviewing, drawing on a wide range of international sources to support these discussions.

This is an ideal first introduction for anyone who is interested in using online methods, and who has an interest in the theory of the method. It will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate level students in the social sciences, and for professional researchers.

Online Qualitative Research: Epistemological Dimensions
Engaging with Research Participants Online: Interview or Conversation?
Developing Online Qualitative Interviews: A Methodological Discussion
The Displacement of Time and Space: Engagement in Online Qualitative Interviewing
Ethical Issues in Online Qualitative Research
Constructing Credibility and Authenticity in Online Interviews
The Nature of Inequalities and Power in Online Interviewing
Analysing Online Discourse and Dialogues
The Presentation, Curation and Dissemination of Online Qualitative Data
Conclusion: Online Qualitative Research: Challenges and Possibilities

'[T]he issues covered by James and Busher will raise many interesting challenges, and prompt a deeper reflection on the processes of online interviewing which could impact back on their understanding of face-to-face interviewing as well' - Qualitative Research

'In Online Interviewing, James and Busher have made a useful contribution to the ongoing discussion regarding the application and advantages of online research methodologies. In addition, they have provided a thoughtful, valuable discussion of vital epistemological and ethical considerations related to this subject' - The Weekly Qualitative Report

Excellent addition to an undergraduate course on research methods to support an honours bachelor's degree.

Dr Gloria Miller
other, International Business School
September 14, 2010

I plan on adopting this book the following academic year.
I am on sabbatical this coming academic year.

The book is well-written and has a great sensitivity to the ethical dimensions involved in doing online interviewing.
This is a gem of a book packed with specific research examples that will grip the undergraduate and graduate researcher who wants to explore with web 2.0 technologies and interviewing techniques. Well-done!

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Sociology Dept, Boston College
April 23, 2010

Very helpful, as students increasingly using online technologies (from email to Skype to Facebook) to conduct interviews for this unit

Mr Kingsley Marshall
English Literature , Falmouth College of Arts
December 16, 2009

A useful supplementary book for those who want to use on-line qualitative methods. The book is theoretically grounded and also provides practical advice on how to undertake online interviewing.

Dr Ruth Jepson
Nursing and Midwifery, University of Stirling
December 8, 2009

The book is not substantial to justify a dedicated book. It might bean issue that stems from the narrow scope. This could have been easily reduced to a chapter or two in a general book about interviewing. Sorry.

Professor Michel Avital
Management , University of Amsterdam
November 12, 2009

although an excellent and useful book, it was a little to specific for the module, although I will be referring individual students to it when appropriate.

Ms Naomi Ellis
Dept of Sport & Excercise, Staffordshire University
October 28, 2009

I recommend this book for any student who is thinking about using the Internet for their research

Dr Carol Bond
Institute of Health and Community Studies, Bournemouth University
October 15, 2009

This book is a Godsend for me! Increasingly students are doing their research with interviewees abroad and I have not, until now had a book that I can refer them to, and which they can use. This year I have introduced a new lecture on this theme - and when I see them next week I will be clutching it in my hand and telling them to go out and buy it! I've also recommended it to my colleagues running other courses. It is particularly good as it is underpinned by theory/ some strong research.

Ms Alix Slater
Other, London College of Communication
September 28, 2009

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