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

Moving Through Digital Flows: An Epistemological and Practical Approach

Moving Through Digital Flows: An Epistemological and Practical Approach

Annette N. Markham Ane Kathrine Gammelby


In this chapter, we centralize the concept of ‘flow’ as a primary way of making sense of digitally saturated social contexts. Although the concept is already a key element in qualitative inquiry, we discuss what this means both conceptually and practically in digital contexts where data seems concrete and readily accessible, or in contexts where the structures and boundaries seem plainly identifiable. The chapter (a) recommends flow logic as an epistemological stance toward the social world and its study, and (b) describes flow-mapping as one concrete method for studying digital culture.

We set the scene with our case study of ...

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