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Book Review Eszter Hargittai and Christian Sandvig (Eds.), “Digital Research Confidential: The Secrets of Studying Behavior Online.”


Micheli, Marina (2016). Book Review Eszter Hargittai and Christian Sandvig (Eds.), “Digital Research Confidential: The Secrets of Studying Behavior Online.”. Sociologica, 2:1-4.

Abstract

This collection of essays edited by Eszter Hargittai and Christian Sandvig remains true to its title’s promise to provide “confidential” insights into digital research. Browsing the pages of this volume feels like being allowed to look into a researcher’s “secret (methodological) diary.” As the authors of one chapter eloquently state, the essays are a “behind-the-scenes look at both the content and the practice of a challenging and chaotic interdisciplinary research adventure, with an emphasis on how [the researcher] solved or dealt with the various problems that came [his or her] way”. The book comprises eleven chapters: the first is a helpful introduction by the editors that does a great job of putting the various contributions in context, while the remaining ten chapters are accounts of research projects that include detailed first-Person methodological analyses.

Abstract

This collection of essays edited by Eszter Hargittai and Christian Sandvig remains true to its title’s promise to provide “confidential” insights into digital research. Browsing the pages of this volume feels like being allowed to look into a researcher’s “secret (methodological) diary.” As the authors of one chapter eloquently state, the essays are a “behind-the-scenes look at both the content and the practice of a challenging and chaotic interdisciplinary research adventure, with an emphasis on how [the researcher] solved or dealt with the various problems that came [his or her] way”. The book comprises eleven chapters: the first is a helpful introduction by the editors that does a great job of putting the various contributions in context, while the remaining ten chapters are accounts of research projects that include detailed first-Person methodological analyses.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:23 Feb 2018 16:26
Last Modified:13 Apr 2018 11:29
Publisher:Il Mulino
ISSN:1971-8853
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2383/85296

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