E-mail: A qualitative research medium for interviewing?

Craig D. Murray, Judith Sixsmith

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This paper explores the opportunities that developments in computer-mediated Communication (CMC) are making available for social science research. In particular, the use of electronic mail (e-mail) is proposed as a viable and valuable research medium for conducting qualitative interviews, alongside the traditional face-to-face interview. The practical, methodological and conceptual implications of e-mail interviewing are explored. In addition, important ethical dilemmas concerning informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, protection from harm, interpretation and ownership of material are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-121
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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