Digital Data and Methods as Enlargements of Qualitative Research Processes: Challenges and Potentials Coming From Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences

  • Lina Franken Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Keywords: digital humanities, computational social sciences, qualitative social research, research process, digital methods, digital data, sociology of knowledge approach to discourse

Abstract

Although working with digital data and methods can enlarge qualitative social research, it has not yet opened up much in this direction. In order to facilitate such a move, existing tools from computer and data science can be used, but have to be adapted to the specific needs of qualitative research. It is pivotal to critically analyze not only the digital data, but also the corresponding methods and to reflect on them with regard to research perspectives, in order to continually sound out the limits and possibilities for qualitative social research. In this article, I carve out the contexts of digital humanities and computational social sciences. With an example study following the sociology of knowledge approach to discourse that was realized using a range of digital methods, I model the qualitative research process and show which steps can be digitally enlarged. I then discuss central challenges and derive potentials and possible further developments for digital data and methods. The article is a basis for establishing a creative integration of new digital elements within qualitative research processes. With this, I shed light on the transformation of research questions, fields, methods and epistemologies.

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Author Biography

Lina Franken, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Lina FRANKEN vertritt die Professur für Computational Social Sciences am Institut für Soziologie der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Zuvor war sie Projektkoordinatorin für den Forschungsverbund "Automatisierte Modellierung hermeneutischer Prozesse – Der Einsatz von Annotationen für sozial- und geisteswissenschaftliche Analysen im Gesundheitsbereich (hermA)" am Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Hamburg (2018-2021) und Projektkoordinatorin für das DFG-Projekt "Digitales Portal Alltagskulturen im Rheinland" beim Landschaftsverband Rheinland (2013-2017). Promotion im Fach vergleichende Kulturwissenschaft an der Universität Regensburg 2017, Studium der Volkskunde, neueren Geschichte und Medienwissenschaft an der Universität Bonn. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Computational Social Sciences und Digital Humanities, Methodologie und digitale Methodenentwicklung, Technisierung und Digitalisierung in Alltag und Wissenschaft, Bildungskulturen und -politik, immaterielles Kulturerbe, Arbeits- und Nahrungskulturen.

Published
2022-05-30
How to Cite
Franken, L. (2022). Digital Data and Methods as Enlargements of Qualitative Research Processes: Challenges and Potentials Coming From Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 23(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-22.2.3818
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