Internet Inquiry : Conversations About Method by Markham, Annette; Baym, Nancy K.

By Markham, Annette; Baym, Nancy K.

This choice of dialogues is the single textbook of its variety. net Inquiry: Conversations approximately approach takes scholars into the minds of best net researchers as they speak about how they've got labored via serious demanding situations as they study on-line social environments. Editors Annette N. Markham and Nancy okay. Baym illustrate that reliable examine offerings are usually not random yet are planned, studied, and internally constant. instead of delivering unmarried "how to" solutions, this publication offers exact and divergent viewpoints on tips on how to take into consideration and behavior qualitative net stories.

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NOTES 1. Cooper uses two contrasting examples to illustrate this point: Goffman’s social interactionist perspective might encourage a researcher to focus on the detail of social interactions and the way people manage the impressions they give off; Foucault’s distinctive understanding of the operations of power offers a stimulus to developing critical perspectives on aspects of contemporary social life that might otherwise be taken for granted. 2. The term has acquired many different interpretations since its inception, but originates from Glaser and Strauss (1967) and connotes an attempt to develop theory grounded in the data, rather than imposing prior conceptualizations on data.

These properties collapse social contexts and change the rules about how people can and do behave. My research centers on these properties precisely because they reveal how critical context is to human behavior. qxp 6/16/2008 11:01 AM Page 31 Defining Project Boundaries 31 is just as critical for researchers to learn how to operate with them in mind as it is for teens who are trying to find a space of their own on social network sites. For example, just because people’s expressions on the internet are public in the sense that they can be viewed by anyone does not mean that people are behaving as though their audience consists of billions of people across all space and all time.

As Markham (1998) argues, the internet can be seen as tool, place, and way of being, and these different aspects offer different methodological choices. I have argued previously (Hine, 2000) that ethnography was important in establishing that the internet could function as a cultural context, meaning that culturally interesting and sociologically relevant things were happening there. qxp 10 6/16/2008 11:01 AM Page 10 QUESTION 1 sphere (Howard & Jones, 2004; Miller & Slater, 2000; Wellman & Haythornthwaite, 2002), it would be a shame to become restricted methodologically by notions of internet as place.

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