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The Resource Ethnography and virtual worlds : a handbook of method, Tom Boellstorff [and others] ; [foreword by George Marcus]

Ethnography and virtual worlds : a handbook of method, Tom Boellstorff [and others] ; [foreword by George Marcus]

Label
Ethnography and virtual worlds : a handbook of method
Title
Ethnography and virtual worlds
Title remainder
a handbook of method
Statement of responsibility
Tom Boellstorff [and others] ; [foreword by George Marcus]
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ethnography and Virtual Worlds" is the only book of its kind - a concise, comprehensive, and practical guide for students, teachers, designers, and scholars interested in using ethnographic methods to study online virtual worlds, including both game and nongame environments. Written by leading ethnographers of virtual worlds, and focusing on the key method of participant observation, the book provides invaluable advice, tips, guidelines, and principles to aid researchers through every stage of a project, from choosing an online fieldsite to writing and publishing the results. This title provides practical and detailed techniques for ethnographic research customized to reflect the specific issues of online virtual worlds, both game and nongame. It draws on research in a range of virtual worlds, including Everquest, Second Life, There.com, and World of Warcraft. It provides suggestions for dealing with institutional review boards, human subjects protocols, and ethical issues. It guides the reader through the full trajectory of ethnographic research, from research design to data collection, data analysis, and writing up and publishing research results. It addresses myths and misunderstandings about ethnographic research, and argues for the scientific value of ethnography
Cataloging source
CDX
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Boellstorff, Tom
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Virtual reality
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Virtual reality
  • Virtuelle Realität
  • Feldforschung
  • Methode
  • Etnologi
  • Etnologi
  • Datanät
  • Virtuell verklighet
  • Interaktiva multimedier
  • Etnología
  • Etnología
  • Etnoloǵia
  • Etnología
  • Redes de computadoras
  • Realidad virtual
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Label
Ethnography and virtual worlds : a handbook of method, Tom Boellstorff [and others] ; [foreword by George Marcus]
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword; CHAPTER 1. WHY THIS HANDBOOK?; 1.1 Beginnings; 1.2 Why ethnographic methods and why virtual worlds?; 1.3 Why a handbook?; 1.4 An orientation to the virtual worlds we studied; CHAPTER 2. THREE BRIEF HISTORIES; 2.1 A brief history of ethnographic methods; 2.2 A brief history of virtual worlds; 2.3 A brief history of research on virtual world cultures; 2.4 The uses of history; CHAPTER 3. TEN MYTHS ABOUT ETHNOGRAPHY; 3.1 Ethnography is unscientific; 3.2 Ethnography is less valid than quantitative research; 3.3 Ethnography is simply anecdotal
  • 3.4 Ethnography is undermined by subjectivity3.5 Ethnography is merely intuitive; 3.6 Ethnography is writing about your personal experience; 3.7 Ethnographers contaminate fieldsites by their very presence; 3.8 Ethnography is the same as grounded theory; 3.9 Ethnography is the same as ethnomethodology; 3.10 Ethnography will become obsolete; CHAPTER 4. RESEARCH DESIGN AND PREPARATION; 4.1 Research questions: emergence, relevance, and personal interest; 4.2 Selecting a group or activity to study; 4.3 Scope of the fieldsite; 4.4 Attending to offline contexts
  • CHAPTER 5. PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION IN VIRTUAL WORLDS5.1 Participant observation in context; 5.2 Participant observation in practice; 5.3 Preparing the researching self; 5.4 Taking care in initiating relationships with informants; 5.5 Making mistakes; 5.6 Taking extensive fieldnotes; 5.7 Keeping data organized; 5.8 Participant observation and ethnographic knowledge; 5.9 The timing and duration of participant observation; 5.10 The experimenting attitude; CHAPTER 6. INTERVIEWS AND VIRTUAL WORLDS RESEARCH; 6.1 The value of interviews in ethnographic research; 6.2 Effective interviewing
  • 6.3 The value of group interviews in ethnographic research6.4 Size, structure, and location for group interviews; 6.5 Transcription; CHAPTER 7. OTHER DATA COLLECTION METHODS FOR VIRTUAL WORLDS RESEARCH; 7.1 Capturing chatlogs; 7.2 Capturing screenshots; 7.3 Capturing video; 7.4 Capturing audio; 7.5 Data collection in other online contexts; 7.6 Historical and archival research; 7.7 Virtual artifacts; 7.8 Offline interviews and participant observation; 7.9 Using quantitative data; CHAPTER 8. ETHICS; 8.1 The principle of care; 8.2 Informed consent; 8.3 Mitigating institutional and legal risk
  • 8.4 Anonymity8.5 Deception; 8.6 Sex and intimacy; 8.7 Doing good and compensation; 8.8 Taking leave; 8.9 Accurate portrayal; CHAPTER 9. HUMAN SUBJECTS CLEARANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS; 9.1 Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); 9.2 Preparing a protocol for IRB review; 9.3 Working with IRBs; 9.4 Informed consent and anonymity; CHAPTER 10. DATA ANALYSIS; 10.1 Ethnographic data analysis: flexibility and emergence; 10.2 Preliminary reflections while in the field; 10.3 The role of theory in data analysis; 10.4 Beginning data analysis: systematize and thematize
Control code
ocn811408574
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400845286
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9786613852458
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 385245
  • 22573/cttcbr9n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)811408574
Label
Ethnography and virtual worlds : a handbook of method, Tom Boellstorff [and others] ; [foreword by George Marcus]
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword; CHAPTER 1. WHY THIS HANDBOOK?; 1.1 Beginnings; 1.2 Why ethnographic methods and why virtual worlds?; 1.3 Why a handbook?; 1.4 An orientation to the virtual worlds we studied; CHAPTER 2. THREE BRIEF HISTORIES; 2.1 A brief history of ethnographic methods; 2.2 A brief history of virtual worlds; 2.3 A brief history of research on virtual world cultures; 2.4 The uses of history; CHAPTER 3. TEN MYTHS ABOUT ETHNOGRAPHY; 3.1 Ethnography is unscientific; 3.2 Ethnography is less valid than quantitative research; 3.3 Ethnography is simply anecdotal
  • 3.4 Ethnography is undermined by subjectivity3.5 Ethnography is merely intuitive; 3.6 Ethnography is writing about your personal experience; 3.7 Ethnographers contaminate fieldsites by their very presence; 3.8 Ethnography is the same as grounded theory; 3.9 Ethnography is the same as ethnomethodology; 3.10 Ethnography will become obsolete; CHAPTER 4. RESEARCH DESIGN AND PREPARATION; 4.1 Research questions: emergence, relevance, and personal interest; 4.2 Selecting a group or activity to study; 4.3 Scope of the fieldsite; 4.4 Attending to offline contexts
  • CHAPTER 5. PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION IN VIRTUAL WORLDS5.1 Participant observation in context; 5.2 Participant observation in practice; 5.3 Preparing the researching self; 5.4 Taking care in initiating relationships with informants; 5.5 Making mistakes; 5.6 Taking extensive fieldnotes; 5.7 Keeping data organized; 5.8 Participant observation and ethnographic knowledge; 5.9 The timing and duration of participant observation; 5.10 The experimenting attitude; CHAPTER 6. INTERVIEWS AND VIRTUAL WORLDS RESEARCH; 6.1 The value of interviews in ethnographic research; 6.2 Effective interviewing
  • 6.3 The value of group interviews in ethnographic research6.4 Size, structure, and location for group interviews; 6.5 Transcription; CHAPTER 7. OTHER DATA COLLECTION METHODS FOR VIRTUAL WORLDS RESEARCH; 7.1 Capturing chatlogs; 7.2 Capturing screenshots; 7.3 Capturing video; 7.4 Capturing audio; 7.5 Data collection in other online contexts; 7.6 Historical and archival research; 7.7 Virtual artifacts; 7.8 Offline interviews and participant observation; 7.9 Using quantitative data; CHAPTER 8. ETHICS; 8.1 The principle of care; 8.2 Informed consent; 8.3 Mitigating institutional and legal risk
  • 8.4 Anonymity8.5 Deception; 8.6 Sex and intimacy; 8.7 Doing good and compensation; 8.8 Taking leave; 8.9 Accurate portrayal; CHAPTER 9. HUMAN SUBJECTS CLEARANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS; 9.1 Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); 9.2 Preparing a protocol for IRB review; 9.3 Working with IRBs; 9.4 Informed consent and anonymity; CHAPTER 10. DATA ANALYSIS; 10.1 Ethnographic data analysis: flexibility and emergence; 10.2 Preliminary reflections while in the field; 10.3 The role of theory in data analysis; 10.4 Beginning data analysis: systematize and thematize
Control code
ocn811408574
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400845286
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9786613852458
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 385245
  • 22573/cttcbr9n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)811408574

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