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Hookway, N, Archives of Everyday Life, Collecting qualitative data: a practical guide to textual, media and virtual techniques, Cambridge University Press, V Clarke, V Braun and D Gray (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 166-188. ISBN 9781107295094 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2017 Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke and Debra Gray

DOI: doi:10.1017/9781107295094.009


This chapter focuses on blogs - now the ‘elder statesman’ of Web 2.0 - and the opportunities and challenges they offer the qualitative researcher. Drawing on a research project that used blogs to examine everyday understandings and experiences of morality (see Box 8.1), the chapter introduces blogs as contemporary multimedia ‘documents of life’. I argue that blogs provide qualitative researchers with unique access to first-person textual accounts of everyday life. In addition, they provide large amounts of instantaneous data that are global, archived, searchable and relatively resource-lite. Suitable research questions and steps for conducting blog research are discussed, along with ethical issues involved with handling blog data. I then go on to consider problems and solutions involved with blog methodologies and suitable methods for analysis, before finishing with some personal reflections on my use of blog data in the everyday morality study (see Box 8.2).

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:blogs, everyday morality, Web 2.0
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Hookway, N (Dr Nicholas Hookway)
ID Code:104217
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-11-04
Last Modified:2018-12-14

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