Online Social Research: Methods, Issues and Ethics

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Qualitative social science research can be conducted in online for a such as list serves, chat rooms, and the like, but it poses a number of novel questions of research methodology and ethics. Johns (communication/linguistics, Luther College), Chen (mass communication, U. of Northern Iowa), and Hall (emeritus, communication studies, U. of Northern Iowa) present 16 papers exploring a number of these issues for a range of Internet media, including support group USENETs, MUD virtual worlds, and the like. Annotation ...
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Overview

Qualitative social science research can be conducted in online for a such as list serves, chat rooms, and the like, but it poses a number of novel questions of research methodology and ethics. Johns (communication/linguistics, Luther College), Chen (mass communication, U. of Northern Iowa), and Hall (emeritus, communication studies, U. of Northern Iowa) present 16 papers exploring a number of these issues for a range of Internet media, including support group USENETs, MUD virtual worlds, and the like. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820461014
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Digital Formations Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Online Environments and Interpretive Social Research 1
Introduction: Technological Environments and the Evolution of Social Research Methods 15
Reengineering Focus Group Methodology for the Online Environment 25
Researching OURNET: A Case Study of a Multiple Methods Approach 47
Managing Visibility, Intimacy, and Focus in Online Critical Ethnography 63
"Seeing and Sensing" Online Interaction: An Interpretive Interactionist Approach to USENET Support Group Research 81
Introduction: Opportunities and Challenges in Methodology and Ethics 101
Surviving the IRB Review: Institutional Guidelines and Research Strategies 105
Participants and Observers in Online Ethnography: Five Stories About Identity 125
Representation in Online Ethnographies: A Matter of Context Sensitivity 141
Research Paparazzi in Cyberspace: The Voices of the Researched 157
Introduction: Ethics and Internet Studies 179
Reexamining the Ethics of Internet Research: Facing the Challenge of Overzealous Oversight 187
Issues of Attribution and Identification in Online Social Research 203
"Electronic Eavesdropping": The Ethical Issues Involved in Conducting a Virtual Ethnography 223
"NEED HELP ASAP!!!": A Feminist Communitarian Approach to Online Research Ethics 239
Epilogue: Are We There Yet? Emerging Ethical Guidelines for Online Research 253
List of Contributors 265
Index 271
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