The Internet

Paperback | October 30, 2012

byChristine Hine

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As use of the Internet has become increasingly widespread, the Internet has also become a natural site for qualitative research. New researchable populations emerge, and illuminating discussions on every conceivable topic have become accessible to researchers. The Internet also presents manychallenges, however, raising the questions of how to develop ethical and achievable research projects, and how to present findings to the widest possible audience. This book focuses on the process of writing qualitative Internet research, from the construction of the initial proposal to the preparation of different types of research reports, including conventional dissertations and more innovative media forms. Covering ethnographic, interview-based, anddocumentary analysis, Understanding Qualitative Research: The Internet offers clear guidance on the challenges and opportunities posed by the application of these approaches to Internet settings, drawing on a wide array of published examples and rooting its advice in the established principles ofqualitative research. The author emphasizes the importance of reflexivity and developing awareness of the various genres of qualitative writing, together with building research reports that are significant as mainstream social research.Although the emphasis of this book is on qualitative research, it also draws on quantitative research techniques, since the sheer wealth of data available on the Internet prompts consideration of new ways of visualizing and summarizing data. Understanding Qualitative Research: The Internet alsoexplores initiatives by Internet researchers to make use of new media technologies for analyzing and presenting their research, and to allow for new forms of interaction with research participants and audiences.

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As use of the Internet has become increasingly widespread, the Internet has also become a natural site for qualitative research. New researchable populations emerge, and illuminating discussions on every conceivable topic have become accessible to researchers. The Internet also presents manychallenges, however, raising the questions of...

Christine Hine is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. Her main research centers on the sociology of science and technology, including ethnographic studies of scientific culture, information technology, and the Internet. She has also taken a lead role in promoting discussion of methodologies for sociological under...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199793891

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Planning for qualitative research on the Internet3. Reporting on qualitative Internet research4. Innovative analysis and reporting in qualitative Internet research5. Evaluating and looking to the future6. Suggestions for further reading