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Blogs in Social Research

Hookway, N ORCID: 0000-0002-0187-4741 and Snee, H 2019 , 'Blogs in Social Research', in P. Liamputtong (ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences , Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore, pp. 1353-1368.

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Blogs are the quintessential early twenty-first century text blurring the boundary between private and public. In this chapter, we approach blogs as contemporary “documents of life” and offer our reflections on what blogs can offer social researchers based on our own research experiences. Blogs offer rich first-person textual accounts of the everyday, but there are practical, methodological, and ethical issues involved in doing blog research. These include sampling, collecting, and analyzing blog data; issues of representation; and authenticity; whether blogs should be considered private or public, and if the people who create them are subjects or authors. The chapter also critically reflects on the methodological and ethical implications of the different decisions we made in our own research projects. We conclude that embracing new confessional technologies like blogs can provide a powerful addition to the qualitative researcher’s toolkit and enable innovative research into the nature of contemporary selves, identities, and relationships.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Hookway, N and Snee, H
Keywords: social research methods, online research methods, blogs, diaries, documents, online ethics, qualitative research
Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-981-10-5251-4_19
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