Digital Qualitative Research Methods

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Edited by: Bella Dicks

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2012 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261385 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781847879523 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261385 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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The field of digital methods for qualitative research is a rapidly developing one. More and more researchers are researching the social, cultural, political, anthropological and other dimensions of computer-mediated communication (CMC), or using CMC as a means of generating and analysing research data. There is now a proliferating diversity of terms, including digital methods, online methods, virtual ethnography, hypermedia methods, and so forth, that requires clarification and classification. This four-volume set brings together the most important and influential articles that have been published in this area and which enable the reader to understand the implications of digital technology for all aspects and phases of qualitative research design and dissemination.

There are eight main sections to the volumes, two in each volume:

Volume One: Mapping the Field of ...

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    These four volumes collect together an exciting and eclectic range of work by leading writers in the field of digital qualitative social research methods. A variety of theoretical, methodological and practical texts have been chosen to help readers think through the use of digital resources in qualitative research projects of various kinds. They cover each of the three main stages of qualitative research: from techniques of data-generation (such as multi-sensory fieldwork and participant observation, video and photography, audio-recording, interview-based research), data-analysis (including software and digital techniques for image and sound analysis, discourse and textual analysis, thematic coding of transcripts, nonverbal communication and bodily movement), through to presentation and dissemination of research findings (including multimedia outputs such as video, film, photography and web-based hypermedia).

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