Ethnography on the Move: From Field to Net to Internet

Andreas Wittel

Abstract


Traditional ethnographies have been based on the ideas of locality. But with the rise of globalisation processes this concept has been increasingly questioned on a theoretical level. In the last decade, US-American anthropologists called for multi-sited ethnographies. However, the practical implications for research with such a shift have not been broadly discussed yet. Now, with the internet and different kinds of virtual interaction patterns, ethnographic work faces a new challenge. This paper argues that it is necessary to focus on the implications of fieldwork in virtual settings for ethnographic practice.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001213

Keywords


ethnography; multi-sited ethnography; virtual reality; internet

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