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Annette N. Markham & Ane Kathrine Gammelby

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 29: Moving Through Digital Flows: An Epistemological and Practical Approach

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Moving Through Digital Flows: An Epistemological and Practical Approach
Moving Through Digital Flows: An Epistemological and Practical Approach
Annette N. MarkhamAne Kathrine Gammelby
Introduction

In this chapter, we centralize the concept of ‘flow’ as a primary way of making sense of digitally saturated social contexts. Although the concept is already a key element in qualitative inquiry, we discuss what this means both conceptually and practically in digital contexts where data seems concrete and readily accessible, or in contexts where the structures and boundaries seem plainly identifiable. The chapter (a) recommends flow logic as an epistemological stance toward the social world and its study, and (b) describes flow-mapping as one concrete method for studying digital culture.

We set the scene with our case study of Facebook (see also Ditchfield ...

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