Virtual Ethnography (Paperback)

By Christine M. Hine

Sage Publications Ltd, 9780761958963, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 22, 2000

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Hardcover (6/22/2000)

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Description

Cutting though the exaggerated and fanciful beliefs about the new possibilities of net life', Hine produces a distinctive understanding of the significance of the net and addresses such questions as: what challenges do the new technologies of communication pose for research methods? Does the Internet force us to rethink traditional categories of culture' and society'?

In this compelling and thoughtful book, Hine shows that the Internet is both a site for cultural formations and a cultural artefact which is shaped by people's understandings and expectations. The Internet requires a new form of ethnography. The author considers the shape of this new ethnography and guides readers through its application in multiple settings.

Path-breaking, insightful and timely, the book will be required reading for anyone interested in using the Internet as a resource in social research.