Monthly archive for February2015

What am I looking for? Considering suitable research questions for an ethnographic study.

What am I looking for? Considering suitable research questions for an ethnographic study.

The ethnography I will be conducting for ‘Picturing the Social’ aims to explore and understand the ways in which people use and experience online photographic sharing. Before I progress any further, I need to ask myself, what is it I want to know? What is…

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Watching, Asking and Doing — Participant Observation within Ethnographic Research

Watching, Asking and Doing — Participant Observation within Ethnographic Research

One of the central principles — and strengths — of ethnographic research relates to the means by which data is collected. Alongside conducting interviews and watching participants’ interactions and practices, the ethnographer also obtains their findings through placing themselves within the same social context. Typically, this would involve joining…

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The Virtual and the Visual in Ethnography

The Virtual and the Visual in Ethnography

The ethnography I will be conducting for “Picturing the Social’ will be looking at practices of sharing photographs on social media. So is this to be a visual ethnography? A virtual ethnography? Or some kind of combination? Both of these approaches entail different theoretical and…

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Thoughts on writing an ethnography and ‘Picturing the Social’

Thoughts on writing an ethnography and ‘Picturing the Social’

My aim during the ‘Picturing the Social’ project is to research how the members of local online photographic communities explore what constitutes ‘Sheffield’ — a city in the North of England—through the production, consumption and discussion of images. This is therefore not just a study of what…

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