Online Qualitative Methods: Confronting New Possibilities and Challenges Within a Social Justice Perspective

  • Dawn E. TrussellEmail author
  • Jen Apgar
  • Laura Kovac


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.


Asynchronous Online Forum Online Spaces Traditional Qualitative Methods Knowledge Mobilization Online Research Methods 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Applied Health SciencesBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada
  2. 2.Community ResearcherGuelphCanada
  3. 3.Brock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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