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Markham and Baym (2009) Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method

September 12, 2010

Just a few notes on Chapter 6 from Annette N. Markham and Nancy K. Baym (Eds.) (2009). Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage.

What constitutes quality in qualitative internet research?

Nancy Baym suggestions:

  1. connect to history of previous inquiry
  2. focus
  3. be practical
  4. anticipate counter-arguments
  • problematise core concepts
  • listen to participants
  • attend to context
  • attend to yourself
  • seek contrasts in the data
  • limit your claims
  • document your reseach process
  • frame the study for diverse readers

5. Develop compelling explanations

See also response by co-editor Markham

and Sep 2010 book review by Alp Biricik:

Abstract: As suggested by the title, this edited collection of articles is aimed at creating a dialogue on crosscutting epistemological and methodological issues relating to qualitative internet study. The scope of the book is not to provide quick tips, but rather encourage the reader to seek new methods of conducting online research. The book is creatively structured into six parts, each one addressing a key question on methods. In addition to the two editors’ contributions, 13 accomplished scholars from various disciplines intelligibly respond and share their own qualitative research experiences in online environments, providing a precise and valuable contribution to current debates in internet studies

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