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Call for Papers for the Session Analyzing Communities on the Internet

Deadline: 15 December 2011Session by RC 33 (Research Committee on Logic and Methodology)at the 2nd ISA Forum of Sociology (Social Justice and Democratization)August 1st 4th, 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Session Organizer:
Melanie Wenzel (Melanie.Wenzel@uni-oldenburg.de, Universität Oldenburg, Germany)In the last two decades, the internet has increasingly been providing platforms that enable communication within communities such as families, religious communities, fan communities, brand communities, communities of practice and social movements to become partly or totally computer-mediated. This results in new methodological challenges, which the session aims to explore. Potential topics for this session should therefore address one or more of the following questions:What kind of research designs, methods, and techniques are suitable for the investigation of communities on the internet? Can methods from other fields of research be transferred to this subject or does it need own, field-specific methods? If this true, which methods would this be? Are there, in contrast, field-specific methods that could be useful for other sociological research Which sampling strategies are appropriate for this field of research? Specifically: Which parts of communities can by access via the internet, which are excluded? What differences between different types of communities do exist?Which strategies of data collection and data analysis are suitable to the exploration of communities on the internet? What kinds of data are appropriate to empirically capture the phenomenon, and what kind of information can be gained from these data?Papers debating general methodological questions and papers discussing specific problems using a concrete data type in a specific research project are both equally welcome.
  • Submission
Please submit an abstract online to the centralized conference website created by Congrex. Please note that only abstracts submitted online can be incorporated in the sessions, and no changes/updates to the submitted abstract will be allowed. It is the authors responsibility to submit a correct abstract any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
  • Deadlines:
Submission of abstracts: December 15th, 2011Notification of authors. January 31st, 2012Registration for the Conference: April 10th, 2012Further InformationOn the Conference: http://www.isa-sociology.org/buenos-aires-2012/On ISA: http://www.isa-sociology.org/On RC 33: http://www.isa-sociology.org/rc33.htmOn RC 03: http://www.isa-sociology.org/rc03.htm