Journal article

Digital ethnographic techniques in domestic spaces: Notes on methods and ethics

B Nansen, J Kennedy, M ARNOLD, M Gibbs, R Wilken

Visual Methodologies | Visual Methodologies | Published : 2015

Abstract

This paper reflects on the opportunities provided by the use of novel digital ethnographic methods for gaining insights into the changing uses of broadband internet and digital media in everyday domestic spaces, as well as the new kinds of methodological and ethical issues that are raised by these techniques. It begins by describing the research context, rationale, and methodology for deploying mobile devices, digital ethnographic software, and visual tasks in domestic spaces, which sought to encourage and empower participants to actively produce and interpret visual data. In particular, we describe how these digital ethnographic techniques aimed to overcome some of the limitations of tradit..

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