Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Practices, Challenges, and Prospects of Digital Ethnography as a Multidisciplinary Method


jahid chowdhury, University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Haris Wahab, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Mohd Rashid Mohd Saad, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Parimal Roy, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center, Bangladesh
Joseph Wronka, Springfield Colleges, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 20, 2021
Full Chapters Due: February 17, 2022
Submission Date: February 17, 2022


AT A GLANCE This book examines the pervasiveness of digital media in digital ethnography’s settings and practice. Contributions to the series may conceptualize current or future digital worlds in novel ways; urge us to reconsider how we have historically interpreted pre-digital behaviors, media, and surroundings; and/or explore advances in digital ethnography technique and practice. GIST Ethnography in the Digital Age lays forth a method for doing ethnography in the modern-day. It encourages scientists to think about how we live and study in a digital, material, and sensory world. This isn’t a planet or an environment that exists in a static state. Instead, as technology grows and changes, we must learn how to research it. Digital Ethnography also considers the impact of digital media on the methods and processes by which we perform ethnography and how the digital, methodological, practical, and theoretical aspects of ethnographic research are becoming more interwoven. This is not a book for digital media experts alone. It’s a suggestion for how we can do ethnography as the digital emerges as a part of the environment in which we co-exist with the people who take part in our study. Researching with, through, and in an environment shaped in part by digital media has resulted in the creation of new and creative techniques and challenges to established conceptual and analytical categories. It has prompted us to reconsider how we understand pre-digital behaviours, media, and settings and how we theorize the digital world in new ways. This setting is addressed in Digital Ethnography, which explains how digital ethnography may be used to study and redefine key ideas in social and cultural research. Handbook of Research on Practices, Challenges, and Prospects of Digital Ethnography as a Multidisciplinary Method does this by bringing us to the heart of the argument. It investigates how digital settings, techniques, and procedures are reshaping ethnographic practice. It takes the bold step of recognizing the significance of digital ethnography in questioning the ideas that have historically characterized the units of analysis studied by ethnography. It explores the ethnographic–theoretical interactions through which ‘old’ opinions are influenced by digital ethnography practice, going beyond merely transferring conventional concepts and techniques into digital research settings. As a result, anybody interested in the implications of the digital world and an ethnographic method for their research practice or comprehending the current settings in which we do research will find this book is very handy with plentiful experiences. It may be used on a variety of levels and in various ways. Some readers may find it useful to utilize our ideas as models for creating projects or theses. Others will use the book as a starting point for understanding how we live and behave in today’s world, which is virtually constantly shaped and intertwined by digital technology, information, presence, and communication. On the other hand, others maybe more interested in our larger argument and description of the digital in daily life. As such, it may be seen as a framework for future theoretical research and methodological experimentation.


Digital ethnography is a qualitative study that uses digitally mediated field notes, digital archives, content analysis, online participant observation, and online conversations (see Murthy, 2011 in Richmond, 2014, p.14). In our minds, there are four possible paths: HOW WE DIFFER TO CURRENT TEXTS S. No Author Title Publisher 1 Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., & Bell, G. (Eds.). (2017). . The Routledge companion to Digital Ethnography. Taylor & Francis This book indicates that researchers have increasingly focused on the symbolic and cultural aspects of technology as digital and networked media have increased in our daily lives. Ethnographic methods to digital and networked media have aided in elucidating the dynamic cultural and social aspects of media practice, from researching online gaming communities, locative and social media. The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, intellectually broad, and philosophically cutting-edge introduction to this rapidly growing and varied field. However, this is an edited and before pandemic C-19 grounded book. 2 Richmond, N. (2014). Digital Ethnography: Understanding faculty use of an online community of practice for professional development. North-eastern University, USA This book looked at how higher education faculty members utilize an online community of practice for professional development in teaching, and if they do, how and why. Social constructivism, higher education, teaching, professional development, and online communities were all used to answer this question. The “Higher Education and Learning” group on LinkedIn utilized Vygotsky’s social constructivism theory, and the zone of proximal development to better understand social interactions and peer-to-peer learning. In the framework of the “Higher Education Teaching and Learning” online community, a digital ethnography was utilized to respond to this issue. This book showed Faculty members in a LinkedIn group seemed to be learning from online social interactions by using cognitive structure, feedback, scaffolding, questioning, and contingency management, according to the research. ‘Best Teaching and Learning Practices,’ ‘Challenges in Teaching and Learning,’ ‘Faculty Resources and Professional Development,’ and ‘Technology’ were some of the main themes addressed. Although this is an authored book and wrote up before the C-19 that happened over the world 3 Pink, S., Horst, H., Postill, J., Hjorth, L., Lewis, T., &Tacchi, J. ( Eds, 2015) Digital Ethnography: Principles and practice. Sage. The book decorated the Ethnography, according to the authors, is the best understood as a reflective process. This necessitates acknowledging that social research is a product of society it examines and reflection on how data and analysis are shaped. The authors begin by outlining the concept of reflexivity against the backdrop of rival research philosophies in Chapter 1 before examining the key characteristics of ethnographic study in Chapter 2. Ethical concerns related to ethnographic research are also taken into account. The debate is grounded in a global perspective and relies on various illustrative material from classic and contemporary works. This book also edited and before the Covid-19 situation that changed our life. 4 Dicks, B., Mason, B., Coffey, A., & Atkinson, P. (Edited 2005). Qualitative research and hypermedia: Ethnography for the Digital Age. Sage. The editors explored our growing globalized society; digital culture and digital technology have quickly become inescapable and essential means of social experience and communication. We must create research techniques and modes of analysis that can accept and utilize digital culture and digital technologies if we are to try to analyze and comprehend our technology-saturated society and its entire new media. This effective new techniques book aims to provide qualitative researchers with the tools to perform ethnography in the digital era. It will look at how digital technologies have the potential to change the way we do research. This book also exposes the reader to new developing techniques that make use of new technologies and how to use new technologies and hypermedia to perform data gathering, analysis, and representation. As with others this is also edited and wrote on C-19. 5 Cruz, E. G., Sumartojo, S., & Pink, S. (Eds.). (2017). Refiguring techniques in digital visual research. Springer. This book examines how new digital-visual methods and technology are being used in novel research and intervention settings. It looks at technological change and potential and theoretical changes toward procession paradigms and responsible ethics. The authors consider how new and developing digital-visual technologies and methods have been used in research development and how such theory and practice can improve what “knowable” in a world of smartphones, drones, and 360-degree cameras is. The is also an edited book, and in sighted the matters before coming to the plightful journey of C-19 in our life. And a few More: Przybylski, L. (2020). Hybrid ethnography: Online, offline, and in between. SAGE Publications. Pratt, Y. P. (2019). Digital storytelling in Indigenous education: A decolonizing journey for a Métis community. Routledge. As a technique, digital ethnography draws on ethnography, which examines people’s real lived experiences in order to generate comprehensive contextual narratives (Varis, 2016, p. 55). This implies that digital ethnography avoids broad generalizations and limited assumptions about the universality of the digital experience. The information collected consists of the accounts created by the study participants while operating in the digital realm during their worship rituals. To that aim, visiting all worship sessions was critical, since it allowed me to access the worshipers in their natural context and acquires a comprehensive knowledge of their interactions with one another. As a result, in this study, the notion of experience as it pertains to ethnography is essential. Experience, according to Pink et al. (2016:20), is “how it is embodied and experienced via sensory and emotional moments.” They claim that since experiences are sometimes difficult to describe and explain via words, such as how a believer expresses spirituality, “attempts to comprehend and interpret its meaning and importance depend on the ethnographer’s immersion in the sight of other people’s experiences” (Ibid.) An insider approach is required for a fully immersive view, emphasizing my own membership position in the group studied. Access to any social world is critical. It must be done via the participants’ language; therefore, social reality must be found from the ‘inside,’ rather than being filtered through or distorted by an expert’s ideas and theory (Blaikie and Priest 2019). As a result, experience may be connected to a viewpoint that views the researcher as a complete participant in the social world. When research is done with a group of which the researcher is a member in terms of identification, language, and experience, it is referred to as the insider approach. Digital Ethnography is a kind of digital ethnography that starts with the notion that digital media and technology are a part of people’s daily and more spectacular lives. Adopting a non-digital-centric perspective to the digital follows what media scholars have termed a non-media-centric (see Couldry, 2012; Moores, 2012; Morley, 2009) approach to media studies. In this framework, Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices takes a position on the issues and discussions raised in the previous work. Our Book Digital Ethnography recognizes the intangible as a component of digital ethnographic study since it prompts us to examine the “digital intangible” concept and the connection between digital, sensory, atmospheric, and material aspects of our environments. In other words, we’re curious about how the digital has merged with the material, sensory, and social worlds we live in and what this means for ethnographic study. In this book, we provide theoretical and practical methods of recognizing and accounting for the digital as a component of our worlds and cohesive frameworks for ethnography across particular locations and topics. As ethnographic researchers, we constantly share and create elements of daily life with the participants in our studies. As ethnographers, we may use this knowledge to conceptualize better our research connections and the foundation on which we build our partnerships. We might very quickly conceptualize the ethnographic method via these same categories, just as we divided up the chapters of this book according to the notion of utilizing ideas of experience, practice, objects, connections, social worlds, locations, and events as units of analysis. Key Features of the Book Researchers have increasingly focused on the symbolic and cultural aspects of technology as digital and networked media have increased in daily life. Ethnographic methods to digital and networked media have aided in elucidating the dynamic cultural and social aspects of media practice, from researching online gaming communities, locative and social media, to YouTube and mobile media. The cohort of Digital Ethnography offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, intellectually wide, and philosophically cutting-edge introduction to this rapidly growing and varied field. The following are some of the characteristics: a comprehensive history of computers and digitization in anthropology; - a study of several ethnographic techniques in the context of digital technologies and network relationships; - on a local and global scale, take into account social networking and communication technologies - detailed examinations of various ethnographic interfaces, ranging from mobile devices to digital archives

Target Audience

• This Book will be of avid interest to faculties, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers studying sociology, anthropology, social work, development studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, history, political science, geography, public health, and indigenous studies, and all courses on research methodology, as by now, so far 321 articles shows that DE has been a tool or Market research, meaning that it does maintain a regimented and rigid boundary. Hence, as, the floor is as open as sky. • DE: within and beyond the Anthropological Paradigm is a comprehensive lexicon intended to serve as a navigator for exploring the philosophical galaxy of humanitarianism from an anticolonial standpoint and therefore serves as a pocket guide for NGOs, development workers, and activists. • It is a user-friendly framework for visualizing contemporary humanism and delving into its present and potential manifestations. The DE benefits a diverse audience of practitioners, students, and academics by giving knowledgeable exposure to a larger compassionate terminology. This book is a simple way forward vividly. Humanitarian studies students and researchers and anybody interested in the DE and want to work for the community, grounding objective academia into the field with an initiative. Additionally, practitioners and staff members of non-governmental organizations and international organizations may find it enlightening.

Recommended Topics

Topics What is meant by Digital Ethnography? Why is it pertinent in New Normal What are the major challenges? What are ethical issues concerned here What are the Prospects? And all there are centered on four basic premises One, the increasing focus on the visuality (e.g., Pink, 2001; Banks, 2001) a Two, the Sensing the sensual Organs, the senses (e.g., Classen, 1993; Classen et al., 1994; Howes, 2003; Pink, 2009; Vannini et al., 2012) Three, A turn to Digitalization Four, the Adaptability of Human nature in the New Normalcy

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 20, 2021, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by November 3, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 17, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Practices, Challenges, and Prospects of Digital Ethnography as a Multidisciplinary Method. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

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This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

October 20, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 3, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
February 17, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
April 17, 2022: Review Results Returned
May 29, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
June 12, 2022: Final Chapter Submission


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