[Air-l] Journal suggestion for article

Jakob.Linaa at ps.au.dk Jakob.Linaa at ps.au.dk
Tue Jun 17 08:14:38 PDT 2003


Dear list

 

I have written an article on research on online communities, partly based on
theoretical considerations, partly based on the framework I have developed
in my personal research on political debates online.

 

It was meant to be a part of a book but for various reasons the book project
did not come true. Now I am searching for a suitable journal and are asking
you for suggestions. I believe I have provided a strong methodological
contribution to the field of studies of online communities. Although my
research framework was fitted to analyze political debates it will be easily
usable for studies of all sorts of online communities.

 

I enclose the abstract and keyword list and I will be very happy for
suggestions for publication possibilities.

 

All the best,

Jakob

 

Jakob Linaa Jensen

ph.d.-scholar, Dep. of Political Science, University of Aarhus

Bartholins Allé, 8000 Aarhus C., Denmark

Phone +45 20867777

E-mail: jakob.linaa at ps.au.dk

Webpage: www.netdemocracy.dk and www.linaa.net

 


Abstract:


Online or virtual communities is one of the phenomena affiliated with the
rise of the Internet that has attracted the most widespread attention. In
the article I argue that the study of online communities ought to include
all the different aspects of the phenomenon and therefore a broad range of
methods is necessary. I outline three aspects of online communities which
have to be studied in order to get a comprehensive picture of community
life: communication, participants and relations.

I address the related methods available for each aspect, content analysis,
online surveys and quantitative online tools. I focus mostly on the content
analysis of communication as I emphasize communication as the most important
aspect of community life. Finally, I give an example of such s study taken
from my own research on political public spheres online. 

 


Keywords:

Online communities, content analysis, web surveys, Internet studies,
methodology.

 

 

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