[Air-L] Interviewing via MSN

Annette Markham amarkham at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 18:52:33 PDT 2009

Hi Carmen,

I did synchronous online interviews back in 1996 and got really interested
in how digital media influence our interviewing and ethnographic research
methods. I talk a lot about the complications and processes of interviewing
in synchronous chat the book Life Online (Sage 1998).

I also recommend reading the stuff in Gubrium & Holstein's edited volume
entitled:  Inside Interviewing.  The collection covers both classic and
contemporary concerns and techniques.

There's also a classic work by James Spradley (1979) called The Ethnographic
Interview.  His techniques for developing open ended interviews and asking
good questions that will get people to open up and tell their stories are
invaluable, whether you're doing interviews in person or online.  I always
return to this small volume.


Annette N. Markham, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, Internet Research Ethics
 Center for Information Policy Research
 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
amarkham at gmail.com

Co-Editor, International Journal of Internet Research Ethics

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Becker, C. (Carmen) <c.becker at rs.ru.nl>wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am in the middle of my phd research/fielwork on media practices of young
> Muslims in Germany and the Netherlands who are inspired by Salafism. My
> research involves among other things participant observation in chat rooms
> and also Internet forums. I have done quite some (offline) interviews with
> both, men and women. Some men that I know from Islamic chat rooms would like
> to participate in interviews. However, their understanding of Islam does not
> allow them to talk to women that are not related to them by family. They
> offered to talk to me via msn (or paltalk).
> I would like to prepare myself and I am looking for some literature
> expanding on the methodology and ethcial questions of online interviews (via
> synchronous chat). I would be happy about any recommendation from the list.
> Thanks a lot in advance!
> Best,
> Carmen
> Carmen Becker
> -----------------------------------------
> research.carmenbecker.net
> Radboud University Nijmegen
> Postbus 9103
> The Netherlands
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