How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Recording and Transcribing Social Interaction

Christopher Joseph Jenks

Recording and transcribing social interaction are practical skills that require many years of experience to master, and both these research methods are underpinned by a number of theoretical and political issues. Despite the importance of transcript-based research in the humanities and social sciences, researchers have devoted very little time in publishing works that explore the complexities and challenges of recording and transcribing social interaction data. This contribution narrows this gap by engaging in the literature that addresses both the theories and practices related to recording and transcribing social interaction. In addition to discussing the theoretical issues involved in conducting transcript-based research, the chapter explores, among other things:

  • the methodological challenges of representing ...
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