Virtual Research Methods

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Edited by: Christine Hine

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2013 |
    • Online Publication Date: February 11, 2015 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446286142 |
    • Print ISBN: 9780857027405 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446263747 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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Abstract

The new social contexts formed via the Internet, and the new forms of data made available by the increasing use of diverse forms of computer mediated communication, have challenged researchers to develop approaches which do them justice. At the same time, there has been concern that established principles should be preserved, and that the connection between virtual research methods and more conventional research approaches should not be rejected out of hand. Despite a number of handbooks and textbooks published in recent years there is still a dearth of authoritative works which offer comprehensive coverage of the virtual research methods available to social researchers. In particular, there is none which thoroughly explores the full range of virtual research methods and their antecedents, and which explores the ...

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  • Editor's Introduction: Virtual Research Methods
    ChristineHine
    Virtual Research Methods: Background and Developments

    The advent of the Internet has provided a major boost to the social sciences. As arguably the most significant recent development in the social world, over the few decades of its development and gradual mainstreaming the Internet has taken part in a transformation of social existence. Theorists of technology in society debate over the extent to which the Internet acts as an agent of change in itself, and it is probably more accurate to say that the form the Internet has taken is symptomatic of wider changes, and thus that the Internet has developed along with other social preoccupations and priorities. Nonetheless, few would dispute that the Internet has provided a highly visible and potent ...

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