digital ethnography

Golub (2010) "Being in the world (of Warcraft): Raiding, Realism, and Knowledge Production in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game"

"This paper discusses two main claims made about virtual worlds: first, that people become “immersed” in virtual worlds because of their sensorial realism, and second, because virtual worlds appear to be “places” they can be studied without reference to the lives that their inhabitants live in...Read more

Postill (2010) "Researching the internet - Reviews"

Review of four important Internet ethnographies : "Hakken's Cyborgs@cyberspace? (1999), Zurawski's Virtuelle Ethnizität (2000), Hine's Virtual ethnography (2000), and Miller and Slater's (2000) The Internet: an ethnographic approach. The authors of those...Read more

Boyd (2014) "It's complicated: The social lives of networked teens"

danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying.Read more

Goodwin-Hawkins, Gould (2020) "Fieldwork at sunset. Visual representations of anthropology online"

"This article analyzes online images of sociocultural anthropology across one hundred high-ranking universities worldwide. We show how, online, a discipline defined by diversity becomes readily reducible to “exotic” geographies and objectified “others.” [...]."

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LSE Digital Ethnography Collective Reading List

Collective Reading List on the topic of Digital EthnographyRead more

Beaulieu (2004) "Mediating ethnography: objectivity and the making of ethnographies of the internet"

"[...] questions of presence, field relations (including trust and confidentiality), and new possibilities for observation are especially prominently discussed. [...] I place these issues and dilemmas facing the researcher in the context of the intellectual tradition of ethnography as applied to...Read more

Petzold (2017)"Useful softwares for the ethnography of online practices"

Overlook of the useful software when doing online ethnography by Aurélien PetzoldRead more

Balleys, Coll (2015) "La mise en scène de la vie privée en ligne par les adolescents"

"Que recouvre la notion de vie privée dans les pratiques de sociabilité adolescente médiatisée ? Comment les adolescents fabriquent-ils une représentation de leur vie privée sur les réseaux sociaux, et selon quelles logiques ? Quelles sont les corrélations existant entre la mise en scène de la...Read more

Dalsgaard (2016) "The Ethnographic Use of Facebook in Everyday Life"

"[...] What types of field relations stem from such social media-driven ethnography? And what kinds of data do these relations present to the ethnographer? [...] I argue that ethnography is already in possession of the methodological tools critically to assess the validity and value of data...Read more

Locatelli (2017) "Images of Breastfeeding on Instagram: Self-Representaion, Publicness, and Privacy Management"

[...] Instagram appears, then, as a platform where personal choices and beliefs can flow into public discourse and a place for investigating how public discourses and social and cultural issues (such as breastfeeding promotion and representation) shape the way that breastfeeding is lived...Read more

Hallett, Barber (2014) "Ethnographic Research in a Cyber Era"

"[...] researchers need to consider how to integrate data from online spaces into “traditional” ethnographic research. [...] While traditional methods of ethnography (i.e., in-person observations and informal interviews) continue to be useful, researchers need to reconceptualize space as well as...Read more

Postill (2016) "Doing remote ethnography"

"In this chapter I reflect on my experience of researching digital politics while physically absent from ‘the field’. I argue that there is nothing inherently inferior or illegitimate about researching local issues remotely (e.g. via Twitter, live streaming, web cam, email, online archives), or...Read more

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