Online Qualitative Methods: Confronting New Possibilities and Challenges Within a Social Justice Perspective
Online spaces and the intersection with feminist research create new possibilities for qualitative inquiry. In this chapter, we examine the complexities of using social media as a data collection tool with qualitative methods traditionally used in offline research. Through critical reflections of a community-based research project that shifted its original research design from in-person, semi-structured interviews to an online asynchronous forum, we highlight three key areas where questions emerged as the project unfolded: (1) traditional qualitative methods in new digital platforms, (2) problematizing offline research ethics for online methods, and (3) citizen researchers and the temporality of knowledge mobilization.
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