Written Online Interviews in Qualitative Social Research: On the Methodological Grounding of a New Research Practice

  • Daniela Schiek Universität Hamburg
Keywords: qualitative interviews, online methods, narrative interview, written interview, interview research, methodology, guided interview

Abstract

In this article I discuss whether asynchronous written online interviews (e.g., via e-mail or a web forum) can be conducted narratively and based on guidelines, or whether the potential of written interviews is only reserved for certain forms of qualitative procedures. For this purpose, I utilize an empirical study and discuss if qualitative interviews are dependent on situational presence for their respective research goals. It turns out that discursive dialogues work in qualitative written online interviews, while narrative monologues without an immediate counterpart do not function as well. The written medium can therefore be used on the one hand via guided interviews and on the other hand via ethnographic processes, provided the research topic suggests this.

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Author Biography

Daniela Schiek, Universität Hamburg

Daniela SCHIEK (Dipl.-Soz., Dr. phil., habil.) ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Universität Hamburg. Ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind qualitative Methoden der Sozialforschung, soziale Ungleichheit, Lebenslaufsoziologie und Generationenforschung. Veröffentlichungen u.a.: "Generationen der Armut. Zur familialen Transmission wohlfahrtsstaatlicher Abhängigkeit" (Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2019), mit Carsten G. Ullrich und Frerk Blome; "Forumsdiskussionen. Untersuchung zu einem neuen qualitativen Forschungsinstrument" (Berlin: de Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2019), mit Carsten G. ULLRICH.

Published
2022-01-29
How to Cite
Schiek, D. (2022). Written Online Interviews in Qualitative Social Research: On the Methodological Grounding of a New Research Practice. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 23(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-23.1.3754
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Single Contributions