How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations
Digital and Internet Data
After more traditional approaches to data collection such as talking to and observing participants and their backgrounds, were the focus in the earlier part of the Handbook and complemented by approaches to material data (see Part III), Part IV turns to data collection from a different angle.
The six chapters in this part have the area of digital qualitative research and the study of internet forms of communication as the main focus. This area is maybe the most fascinating development not only for qualitative research, but here in particular. Fundamental questions of what data are in this context, and what they may be beyond, are raised as well as specific ethical concerns to be considered here. Therefore Part IV does not ...