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Building Community in Digital Fieldwork

by Jack Rechsteiner and Betsy Sneller, Michigan State University

Like many research programs that rely on ethnographic fieldwork, traditional sociolinguistic research relies heavily on researchers building rapport with participants by spending time in their communities and sitting down with them in person to audio-record informal conversations.

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Virtual Trust: Building Confidence at a Distance

by Lucia Vitale, UC Santa Cruz

So much of what we do as researchers relies on a foundation of trust built over time with the communities where we carry out research activities. When mutual trust is present, we are invited into the lives, minds, and networks of our research participants, which helps animate our research questions.