The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods spans the entire research process, from data collection to analysis and interpretation. This second edition has been comprehensively updated and expanded, from 39 to 49 chapters. In addition to a new section of chapters focussing on ethics, privacy and the politics of social media data, the new edition provides broader coverage of topics such as: (1) Data sources; (2) Scraping and spidering data; (3) Locative data, video data and linked data; (4) Platform-specific analysis; (5) Analytical tools; and (6) Critical social media analysis. Written by leading scholars from across the globe, the chapters provide a mix of theoretical and applied assessments of topics, and include a range of new case studies and data sets that exemplify the methodological approaches. This Handbook is an essential resource for any researcher or postgraduate student embarking on a social media research project. PART 1: Conceptualising and Designing Social Media Research; PART 2: Collecting Data; PART 3: Qualitative Approaches to Social Media Data; PART 4: Quantitative Approaches to Social Media Data; PART 5: Diverse Approaches to Social Media Data; PART 6: Research and Analytical Tools; PART 7: Social Media Platforms; and PART 8: Privacy, Ethics and Inequalities.

Studying Anti-Social Behaviour on Reddit with Communalytic

Studying Anti-Social Behaviour on Reddit with Communalytic

Studying anti-social behaviour on reddit with communalytic
Anatoliy Gruzd Philip Mai Zahra Vahedi


The purpose of this chapter is two-fold: 1) to introduce a new social media research tool called Communalytic, and 2) to demonstrate a mixed-methods approach to studying how anti-social behaviour manifests online, and specifically on Reddit. We will refer to anti-social behaviour as any behaviour that may cause, or is likely to cause, harm or distress to one or more persons (Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014). Two common forms of anti-social behaviour on social media are trolling and hate speech. Trolling is often initiated to disrupt on-topic conversations and provoke other ...

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