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Virtual Methods: Issues in Social Research on the Internet

Editat de Dr Christine Hine
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Social researchers can hardly afford to ignore the Internet, as it has become an intrinsic part of everyday life. This new site of social interactions is begging to be researched and explored. At the same time it can be a moral minefield and a quality control nightmare even for researchers skilled in established methods.Virtual Methods offers a detailed exploration of the problems and opportunities surrounding Internet-based research. Can offline and online observations be combined? Are online interviews able to produce high quality data? How does a researcher sort through the vast mass of material available? From hyperlink analysis to the sex industry online, case studies sensitively highlight the difficulties researchers face, point out the opportunities to be seized, and offer practical solutions. Virtual Methods provides concrete advice for all stages of the research process. Anyone planning a research project involving the Internet will find this book an essential guide.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781845200848
ISBN-10: 1845200845
Pagini: 256
Ilustrații: 14
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Berg Publishers
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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Also available in paperback, 9781845200855 £16.99 (April, 2005)

Notă biografică

Christine Hine is Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey. She is the author of Virtual Ethnography (2000, Sage).

Cuprins

FINAL1. Virtual methods and the sociology of cyber-social-scientific knowledgeChristine Hine, University of SurreyPart 1 Research Relationships and Online RelationshipsIntroductionChristine Hine, University of Surrey2. Internet behaviour and the design of virtual methodsAdam Joinson, The Open University, UK3. Online interviewing and the research relationshipJolle Kivits, London School of Economics and Political Science4. From online to offline and back: moving from online to offline relationships with research informantsShani Orgad, London School of Economics and Political Svience5. Researching the online sex work communityTeela Sanders, University of Leeds6. Ethnographic presence in a nebulous settingJason Rutter, University of Manchester Gregory W. H. Smith, University of Salford7. Centring the links: understanding cybernetic patterns of co-production, circulation and consumptionMaximilian C. Forte, University College of Cape BretonPart II Research Sites and StrategiesIntroductionChristine Hine, University of Surrey8. The role of maps in virtual research methodsMartin Dodge, University College London9. New connections, familiar settings: issues in the ethnographic study of new media use at homeHugh Mackay, The Open University, UK10. Doing anthropology in cyberspace: fieldwork boundaries and social environmentsMario J.L. Guimares Jr., Brunel University11. Web sphere analysis: an approach to studying online actionSteven M. Schneider, SUNY Institute of Technology Kirsten A. Foot, University of Washington, USA12. The network approach to Web hyperlink research and its utility for science communicationHan Woo Park, YeungNam University, S. Korea Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton13. Sociable hyperlinks: an ethnographic approach to connectivityAnne Beaulieu, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Amsterdam14. Epilogue: methodological concerns and innovations in Internet researchNicholas Jankowski, University of Nijmegen Martine van Selm, University of Nijmegen

Recenzii

Through the discussion of case studies using the internet and Hine's own insightful coments, Virtual Methods significantly adds to the accumulation of professional knowledge.
A welcome resource for scholars studying online communities from the perspectives of sociology, communication, media studies, and other fields.
An important contribution to the field of online (virtual) research.