Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Rapport is the establishment of a relationship between researcher and researched that is conducive to the aims of the researcher and aims in the collection of felevent data.

explanatory context

Rapport between interviewer and interviewee is, conventionally, regarded as important aspect of any interview. Rapport is important in an interviewer if the interviewer is to illicit complete, open and honest answers to questions.

Over-rapport which results from over-identification of the interviewer with the subject or group is, however, seen as a problem. Over-rapport occurs when the interviewer uncritically adopts a perspective that the subject takes-for-granted. Failure to see all perspectives as problematic constitutes a danger for all kinds of research. It is, though, seen as a particular problem for ethnographic research where the researcher is trying to interpret the point of view of the subjects.

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associated issues


related areas

See also


value freedom

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