Ethnography on the Move: From Field to Net to Internet


  • Andreas Wittel



ethnography, multi-sited ethnography, virtual reality, internet


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


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Author Biography

Andreas Wittel

Dr. Andreas WITTEL did his PhD at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Currently he works as research officer at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College (University of London). Main research fields: industrial sociology, anthropology of work, urban studies, new media, ethnography.




How to Cite

Wittel, A. (2000). Ethnography on the Move: From Field to Net to Internet. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(1).