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Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method [Paperback]

Item : Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method [Paperback]
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Author Author : Boellstorff, Tom, Nardi, Bonnie, Pearce, Celia, Taylor, T. L.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691149518
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691149516
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 264
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100399200

Ethnography and Virtual Worldsis the only book of its kind--a concise, comprehensive, and practical guide for students, teachers, designers, and scholars interested in using ethnographic methods to study online virtual worlds, including both game and nongame environments. Written by leading ethnographers of virtual worlds, and focusing on the key method of participant observation, the book provides invaluable advice, tips, guidelines, and principles to aid researchers through every stage of a project, from choosing an online fieldsite to writing and publishing the results.


  • Provides practical and detailed techniques for ethnographic research customized to reflect the specific issues of online virtual worlds, both game and nongame

  • Draws on research in a range of virtual worlds, including Everquest, Second Life, There.com, and World of Warcraft

  • Provides suggestions for dealing with institutional review boards, human subjects protocols, and ethical issues

  • Guides the reader through the full trajectory of ethnographic research, from research design to data collection, data analysis, and writing up and publishing research results

  • Addresses myths and misunderstandings about ethnographic research, and argues for the scientific value of ethnography

Tom Boellstorffis professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His books includeComing of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human.Bonnie Nardiis professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Her books includeMy Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft.Celia Pearceis associate professor of digital media at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her books includeCommunities of Play: Emergent Cultures in Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds.T. L. Tayloris associate professor of comparative media stuló

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