The second, thoroughly revised and expanded, edition of The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods presents a wide-ranging exploration and overview of the field today. As in its first edition, the Handbook does not aim to present a consistent view or voice, but rather to exemplify diversity and contradictions in perspectives and techniques. The selection of chapters from the first edition have been fully updated to reflect current developments. New chapters to the second edition cover key topics including picture-sorting techniques, creative methods using artefacts, visual framing analysis, therapeutic uses of images, and various emerging digital technologies and online practices. At the core of all contributions are theoretical and methodological debates about the meanings and study of the visual, presented in vibrant accounts of research design, analytical techniques, fieldwork encounters and data presentation. This handbook presents a unique survey of the discipline that will be essential reading for scholars and students across the social and behavioural sciences, arts and humanities, and far beyond these disciplinary boundaries. The Handbook is organized into seven main sections: PART 1: FRAMING THE FIELD OF VISUAL RESEARCH; PART 2: VISUAL AND SPATIAL DATA PRODUCTION METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES; PART 3: PARTICIPATORY AND SUBJECT-CENTERED APPROACHES; PART 4: ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORKS AND PERSPECTIVES; PART 5: MULTIMODAL AND MULTISENSORIAL RESEARCH; PART 6: RESEARCHING ONLINE PRACTICES; and PART 7: COMMUNICATING THE VISUAL: FORMATS AND CONCERNS.

Chapter 35: A Multimodal Model for Exploring the Material Culture of Digital Networked Platforms and their Practices

A Multimodal Model for Exploring the Material Culture of Digital Networked Platforms and their Practices

A multimodal model for exploring the material culture of digital networked platforms and their practices
Luc Pauwels


The Internet is a rich resource for researchers in many respects, as a field of study, a research tool and a means for scholarly communication. This chapter will focus on exploring the online environment as a contemporary and highly productive field of research. Internet phenomena and web-based applications are unique expressions of contemporary culture, and as such they constitute a vast repository of potential data about ways of doing and thinking for large groups of people across a variety of boundaries.

Disclosing Online Cultures: Issues and Opportunities

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