Book Chapter

Methodological and ethical concerns associated with digital ethnography in domestic environments: participation burden and burdensome technologies

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

Ethics and Visual Research Methods: Theory, Methodology and Practice | Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2016


This chapter reflects on methodological and ethical issues arising in a digital ethnography project conducted in domestic environments. The participatory aims of the methodological approach required participants to produce a series of videos exploring domestic digital environments. The videos were then uploaded using an ethnographic software application. Early in the project it became evident that researchers had limited control over important aspects of the technology, and that the technology itself was having disruptive effects in households. Further, although the study was designed to be engaging and playful for participants, the tasks of producing the videos was perceived by some partici..

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