Three lies of digital ethnography

@inproceedings{deSeta2020ThreeLO,
  title={Three lies of digital ethnography},
  author={Gabriele de Seta},
  year={2020}
}
The relative novelty of digital ethnography as a research methodology, along with the challenges that it moves to classical understandings of fieldwork, participation and representation, results in a repertoire of professional illusions through which digital ethnographers justify their work when confronted with the disciplinary culture of anthropology. This essay is based on the author’s reflexive experience of researching digital media use in China, and updates Gary Alan Fine’s 1993 article… 

Figures from this paper

Looking at the ‘field’ through a Zoom lens: Methodological reflections on conducting online research during a global pandemic
For many social science scholars, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to re-think our approaches to research. As a result of new social distancing measures, those of us who conduct in-person
Do Kentucky Kami Drink Bourbon? Exploring Parallel Glocalization in Global Shinto Offerings
Scholars of Japanese religion have recently drawn attention to the global repositioning, “greening”, and international popularization of Shinto. However, research on Shinto ritual practice and
Organizational ethnography after lockdown: “walking with the trouble”
TLDR
Down to Earth (2018), to which his new book is described as “sequel”, marks and links this dual crisis of COVID-19 and the global climate, and offers new opportunities to ethnographers.
Thanks for Watching: An Anthropological Study of Video Sharing on YouTube
Chapter 1 – Introduction (pp. 3-31) The introduction explains the multi-year ethnographic research project and the book’s goal of re-theorizing core anthropological concepts by studying
JOE-10-2021-087_proof 358..368
  • Sociology
  • 2021
Introduction Organizational ethnography has not only been confronted with COVID-related restrictions, it is also being challenged by the ecological crisis of which COVID itself is but one expression.
Social Media: Power and Politics

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 49 REFERENCES
Virtual Ethnography
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
Mediating ethnography: objectivity and the making of ethnographies of the internet
This paper aims to contribute to current discussions about methods in anthropological (especially ethnographic) research on the cultures of the internet. It does so by considering how technology has
Constructing the field : ethnographic fieldwork in the contemporary world
Ethnographic fieldwork is traditionally seen as what distinguishes social and cultural anthropology from the other social sciences. This collection responds to the inte nsifying scrutiny of fieldwork
The ethnography of new media worlds? Following the case of global poker
TLDR
It is argued that poker vividly illustrates how following makes sense of these emergent new worlds while at the same time it is an excellent vehicle for problematizing key issues of ethnographic practice.
Connective Ethnography for the Exploration of e-Science
  • C. Hine
  • Sociology
    J. Comput. Mediat. Commun.
  • 2007
TLDR
This article describes a study that focused on the biological discipline of systematics, exploring the ways in which use of a variety of information and communication technologies has become a routine part of disciplinary practice.
Tracing the Everyday 'Sitings' of Adolescents on the Internet: a strategic adaptation of ethnography across online and offline spaces
This article argues for the need to move beyond place-based ethnography and develop ethnographic methodologies that follow the moving, traveling practices of adolescents online and offline. In the
ETHNOGRAPHY IN / OF THE WORLD SYSTEM : The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography
  • E.
  • Sociology
  • 2002
ABSTRACf This review surveys an emergent methodological trend in anthropological research that concerns the adaptation of long-standing modes of ethnographic practices to more complex objects of
Writing culture : the poetics and politics of ethnography : a School of American Research advanced seminar
In these new essays, a group of experienced ethnographers, a literary critic, and a historian of anthropology, all known for advanced analytic work on ethnographic writing, place ethnography at the
Theory, Method, and Design in Anthropologies of the Internet
The study of the Internet challenges the anthropologist on many fronts. It demands a robust theoretical engagement with the technologies and semiotics of digital information and their relation to
TEN LIES OF ETHNOGRAPHY
As Everett Hughes noted, there is an “underside” to all work. Each job includes ways of doing things that would be inappropriate for those outside the guild to know. Illusions are essential for
...
...