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Web social science: Concepts, data and tools for social scientists in the digital age

Ackland, R.
224 Seiten, ISBN 9781849204828,
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 2013

A comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of web Social Science. This book demonstrates how the web is being used to collect social research data, such as online surveys and interviews, as well as digital trace data from social media environments, such as Facebook and Twitter. It also illuminates how the advent of the web has led to traditional social science concepts and approaches being combined with those from other scientific disciplines, leading to new insights into social, political and economic behaviour.

Situating social sciences in the digital age, this book aids:

– understanding of the fundamental changes to society, politics and the economy that have resulted from the advent of the web
– choice of appropriate data, tools and research methods for conducting research using web data
– learning how web data are providing new insights into long-standing social science research questions
– appreciation of how social science can facilitate an understanding of life in the digital age

It is ideal for students and researchers across the social sciences, as well as those from information science, computer science and engineering who want to learn about how social scientists are thinking about and researching the web.

Zitation (APA)

Ackland, R. (2013). Web social science: Concepts, data and tools for social scientists in the digital age Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.