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New technologies are breaking the boundaries of how social researchers practice their craft, and it has become clear these changes are dramatically altering research design from the way data is collected to what is considered data. Bringing together all the emerging social science research technologies in one place, The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research offers comprehensive and up-to-date thinking on emerging technologies and addresses their impact on research methods, and in turn how new technologies lead to new research questions and areas of inquiry. The Handbook is organized into five sections, covering internet technologies, emergent data-collection methods, audio/visual, mobile, and geospatial technologies, and technology's impact on studying social life in natural settings, all after taking a look at emergent technologies from a broad, social-research context. Many of the twenty-nine chapters provide a commentary on and summary of specific technologies, like global surveys on the internet, mobile phones, data mining, and remote sensing, with a central focus on the most effective ways to use them. Others discuss the ethical and moral implications, especially issues of privacy and confidentiality, and collaborations across disciplines and outside the academy. The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research is indispensable for any social researcher looking to incorporate emerging technologies into their methods and practice.

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"This is a path-breaking examination of the emerging social media technologies and their impact on critical qualitative methodologies. Sharlene Hesse-Biber presents a comprehensive framework for interpreting and using these new discourses. The chapters are clearly written, and very accessible to students. This book lays the foundation for the generation of scholars who want to take these emergent technologies to the next level."—Norman K. Denzin, College of Communications Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373592
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Cult of Thinness, Working Women in America: Split Dreams, Feminist Perspectives in Social Research, Approaches to Qualitative Research, and Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology. She is co-developer of HyperRESEARCH, a software tool for analyzing qualitative data, and a transcription software tool, HyperTranscribe (

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Table of Contents

Emergent Technologies in Social Research: Pushing against the Boundaries of Research Praxis,
Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
Part One: Emergent Technologies in a Broad Social Research Context
1. Possible Dreams: Research Technologies and Transformation of the Human Sciences, Edward J. Hackett
2. To Tell the Truth: The Internet and Emergent Epistemological Challenges in Social Research, David J. Gunkel
3. Methodological Challenges Posed by Emergent Nanotechnologies and Cultural Values, Barbara Herr Harthorn
4. Under my Skin: The Ethics of Ambient Computing for Personal Health Monitoring, Göran Collste
5. Ubiquitous Connectivity: User-Generated Data and the Role of the Researcher, Mariann Hardey
Part Two: The Rise of Internet Technologies and Social Research Practice
6. Clickable Data: Hypermedia and Social Research, Bella Dicks and Bruce Mason
7. Digital Ethnography and Emergent Technologies, Dhiraj Murthy
8. New Fieldsites, New Methods: New Ethnographic Opportunities, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz
9. Online Focus Groups, David L. Morgan and Bojana Lobe
10. Digital Repositories, Folksonomies and Interdisciplinary Research: New Social Epistemology Tools, Karim Gherab-Martin
Part Three: Emergent Data Collection Methods: New Forms of Data Production
11. Studying Mailing Lists: Text, Temporality, Interaction and Materiality at the Intersection of Email and the Web, Anne Beaulieu and Mette Terp Høybye
12. On-line Data Collection and Data Analysis using Emergent Technologies, Michael Dal
13. Collaborative Research Tools: Using Wikis and Team Learning Systems to Collectively Create New Knowledge, Robert Fitzgerald and John Findlay
14. Using Emerging Technologies in Focus Group Interviews, Kathryn Moyle
15. Toward Experimental Methods in Collaborative Computing Research, Gregorio Convertino and John M. Carroll
16. Emergent Technologies for Assessing Social Feelings and Experiences, Albertine Visser and Ingrid Mulder
17. Data Mining and Research: Applied Mathematics Reborn, Bert Little
18. Knowledge Mining and Managing: Emergent Tools and Technologies in Web-Based Intelligent Learning Environments, Nittaya Kerdprasop
Part Four: Audio-Visual, Mobile, and Geospatial Technologies' Impact on the Social Research Process
19. The Use of Audio-Visuals in Surveys, Tom W. Smith and John Sokolowski
20. The Use of Mixed Methods Thinking in Documentary Development, John W. Creswell and Bernard Rogers McCoy
21. A New Way of Seeing and Being Seen: Digital Storytelling as an Emergent Method for Social Research and Practice, Aline Gubrium and K-C Nat Turner
22. Mobile Phones as Sensors for Social Research, Nathan Eagle
23. Fragments of Freedom: Making Sense of Implicit Data Sets, Geert de Haan, Sunil Choenni, Ingrid Mulder, Sandra Kalidien, and Peter van Waart
24. Using Technology and the Experience Sampling Method to Understand Real Life, Anne Kellock, Rebecca Lawthom, Judith Sixsmith, Karen Duggan, Ilana Mountian, John T. Haworth, Carolyn Kagan, David P. Brown, John E. Griffiths, Jenny Hawkins, Claire Worley, Christina Purcell, and Asiya Siddiquee
25. The Application of Spatial Analysis Technology in Social Science Research: Tools and Techniques, Steven J. Steinberg and Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg
26. Methods, Examples and Pitfalls in the Exploitation of the Geospatial Web, Ross S. Purves
Part Five: The Impact of New Technologies for Studying Social Life in Naturalistic Settings
27. Living Laboratories: Social Research Applications and Evaluation, Chris Fowler, Lindsay O'Neill, and Joy van Helvert
28. The Digital Home: A New Locus of Social Science Research, Anne Holohan, Jeanette Chin, Vic Callaghan, and Peter Muhlau

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