Using internet video calls in qualitative (longitudinal) interviews: some implications for rapport

Weller, Susie (2017) Using internet video calls in qualitative (longitudinal) interviews: some implications for rapport. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20 (6). ISSN 1464-5300 (electronic) 1364-5579 (paper)

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Abstract

Forming part of the new ‘methodological frontier’ the use of digital communication technologies has become increasingly commonplace in social research. Whilst audio-only online interviews and asynchronous means of communicating online has been discussed for over two decades, video capabilities; being able to see a participant face-to-face online (e.g. via Skype, Face Time, Google Hangouts) is a much more recent phenomenon. Discussion of such new opportunities has tended to centre on the practicalities and technicalities. Alternatively, this paper moves beyond the recent empiricist focus to reflect critically on the implications of using internet video calls on methodological matters of importance to qualitative (longitudinal) researchers. Drawing on a long-standing qualitative longitudinal study following lives of over 50 young people, the paper focuses on the potentials and pitfalls for rapport of using internet video calls for qualitative interviewing. The findings have resonance for short-term studies, and longitudinal endeavours.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.8 Longitudinal Research
1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.8 Longitudinal Research > 1.8.3 Qualitative longitudinal research (QLR)
2. Data Collection > 2.11 Online Data Collection
7. ICT and Software > 7.4 ICT and Software (other)
ID Code:4112
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Deposited On:28 Feb 2018 14:16
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