[Air-L] Online Research Methods Texts/New Book Announcement

Pam Brewer brewerpe at appstate.edu
Thu Aug 28 07:00:25 PDT 2008


Thank you for this reference.  It looks excellent.  I'm excited about 
the foundations that are being laid for quality internet research.


Pamela Estes Brewer
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Appalachian State University
phone 828-262-2351
fax  828-262-2133
email  brewerpe at appstate.edu

Nancy Baym wrote:
> This is an opportune moment to announce the recent publication of a 
> book Annette Markham and I edited called Internet Inquiry: 
> Conversations About Method (Sage Publications). The book stars many 
> AoIR luminaries. Below is some further information about it. Also, at 
> least in the US, Amazon is offering it for 2/3 its list price:
> http://www.amazon.com/Internet-Inquiry-Conversations-About-Method/dp/1412910013 
> use that extra $10 to buy yourself a refreshing beverage in Copenhagen.
> ______________
> Product Description
> This collection of dialogues is the only textbook of its kind. 
> Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method takes students into the 
> minds of top internet researchers as they discuss how they have worked 
> through critical challenges as they research online social 
> environments. Editors Annette N. Markham and Nancy K. Baym illustrate 
> that good research choices are not random but are deliberate, studied, 
> and internally consistent. Rather than providing single "how to" 
> answers, this book presents distinctive and divergent viewpoints on 
> how to think about and conduct qualitative internet studies.
> Key Features and Benefits
>     * Presents each chapter in the form of a question in order to 
> provoke explicit consideration of key issues
>     * Illustrates choices made within larger disciplinary contexts to 
> help students blend approaches, think broadly, and conduct internet 
> research with the benefit of multiplicity
>     * Offers a range of perspectives in each chapter to vividly 
> demonstrate that there are many ways to answer methodological 
> challenges well
>     * Includes contributors from multiple disciplines and across the 
> globe
>     * Provides a highly reflexive writing style that allows readers to 
> see processes that are rarely visible in finished research reports
> Intended Audience
> This edited volume is an excellent supplementary text for a variety of 
> advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Internet Research, 
> Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, and Computer-Mediated 
> Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, 
> sociology, and anthropology. It will assist new scholars as well as 
> seasoned practitioners in this arena make informed choices in how they 
> conduct inquiry.
> Table of Contents:
> Introduction: Making Smart Choices on Shifting Ground
> Nancy Baym and Annette Markham
> QUESTION ONE: How can qualitative internet researchers define the 
> boundaries of their projects?
> Christine Hine
> with responses by:
> Lori Kendall
> danah boyd
> QUESTION TWO: How can researchers make sense of the issues involved in 
> collecting and interpreting online and offline data?
> Shani Orgad
> with responses by:
> Maria Bakardjieva
> Radhika Gajjala
> QUESTION THREE: How do various notions of privacy influence decisions 
> in qualitative internet research?
> Malin Sveningsson Elm
> with responses by:
> Elizabeth A. Buchanan
> Susannah R. Stern
> QUESTION FOUR: How do issues of gender and sexuality influence the 
> structures and processes of qualitative internet research?
> Lori Kendall
> with responses by:
> Jenny Sundén
> John Edward Campbell
> QUESTION FIVE: How can qualitative researchers produce work that is 
> meaningful across time, space, and culture?
> Annette N. Markham
> with responses by:
> Elaine Lally
> Ramesh Srinivasan
> QUESTION SIX: What constitutes quality in qualitative internet research?
> Nancy Baym
> with response by:
> Annette Markham
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