Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.

Social Simulation and Online Research Methods

Social Simulation and Online Research Methods

Corinna Elsenbroich


Social science is the endeavour to understand social phenomena, phenomena such as social order, norms, stratification, inequality, group formation, etc. Most social phenomena are dynamic – inequality can get better or worse, groups form and change, order is broken up and re-established, norms change over time. Dynamics are at the heart of societies and must be at the heart of the undertaking to understand them. By replicating processes underlying social macro-phenomena, social simulation is a methodology for understanding societies which takes the dynamic element of the social world as a starting point.

Social simulation is a relatively novel method in the social sciences, using computer models that recreate essential ...

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