Virtual Ethnography

Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(3), 2007

5 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2016

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Daniel Domínguez Figaredo

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED)

Anne Beaulieu

University of Groningen

Adolfo Estalella

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia)

Edgar Cruz

Internet Interdisciplinary Institute

Bernt Schnettler

University of Bayreuth

Rosie Read

Bournemouth University

Date Written: September 1, 2007

Abstract

Current approaches in the ethnographic study of the Internet are diverse; the proliferation of proposals has been numerous in recent years. The methodological approach of virtual ethnography has been broadened and reformulated through new proposals such as digital ethnography, ethnography on/of/through the Internet, connective ethnography, networked ethnography, cyberethnography, etc. Each of these maintains its own dialogue with the established tradition of ethnography and formulates its relation to this tradition in different ways. There are those who consider that virtual ethnography involves a distinctive methodological approach and those who consider that researching the Internet ethnographically forces us to reflect on fundamental assumptions and concepts of ethnography, but that it doesn't mean a distinctive form of ethnography.

Keywords: Digital Ethnography, Virtual Ethnography, Ethnography on/of/through the Internet, Connective Ethnography, Networked Ethnography, Cyberethnography

Suggested Citation

Domínguez Figaredo, Daniel and Beaulieu, Anne and Estalella, Adolfo and Cruz, Edgar and Schnettler, Bernt and Read, Rosie, Virtual Ethnography (September 1, 2007). Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(3), 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2813530

Daniel Domínguez Figaredo (Contact Author)

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED) ( email )

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Anne Beaulieu

University of Groningen ( email )

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Netherlands

Adolfo Estalella

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) ( email )

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08035 Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

Edgar Cruz

Internet Interdisciplinary Institute ( email )

Barcelona, Barcelona
Spain

Bernt Schnettler

University of Bayreuth ( email )

Bayreuth, 95447
Germany

Rosie Read

Bournemouth University ( email )

Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

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