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Description - Researching Virtual Worlds by Louise Phillips

This volume presents a wide range of methodological strategies that are designed to take into account the complex, emergent, and continually shifting character of virtual worlds. It interrogates how virtual worlds emerge as objects of study through the development and application of various methodological strategies. Virtual worlds are not considered objects that exist as entities with fixed attributes independent of our continuous engagement with them and interpretation of them. Instead, they are conceived of as complex ensembles of technology, humans, symbols, discourses, and economic structures, ensembles that emerge in ongoing practices and specific situations.

A broad spectrum of perspectives and methodologies is presented: Actor-Network-Theory and post-Actor-Network-Theory, performativity theory, ethnography, discourse analysis, Sense-Making Methodology, visual ethnography, multi-sited ethnography, and Social Network Analysis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415624442
ISBN-10: 0415624444
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 186
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Jul-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Louise Phillips

Louise Phillips is Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University, Denmark. Ursula Plesner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

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