The Internet is a medium with great consequences for social and economic life. This book is written to help people discern in what ways it has commanded the public imagination, and the methodological issues that arise when one tries to study and understand the social processes occurring within it. The contributors offer original responses in the search for, and critique of, methods with which to study the Internet and the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around it.

Cybertalk and the Method of Instances

Cybertalk and the method of instances
Norman K.Denzin

The internet is where my problems blossomed, and maybe with other avenues, it can be where I find some healing.

New male reader/member, alt.recovery.codependency newsgroup [a.r.c], September 5, 1996

Alt.recovery.codependency (a.r.c.) is an on-line Internet newsgroup that draws on the tenets of the Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) and the Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) movements.1 In this chapter, I use the method of instances, a common analytic strategy in conversation analysis (Psathas, 1995), to interpret the gendered “narratives of self” posted in this newsgroup.2 I take a critical interpretive, poststructural approach to these materials and their meanings (see Denzin, 1997, p. 250). I hope to demonstrate the utility of the method of instances for the study ...

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