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Digital family ethnography: Lessons from fieldwork in Australia

Winarnita, Monika 2019, Digital family ethnography: Lessons from fieldwork in Australia, Migration, Mobility, & Displacement, vol. 4, no. 1 - Special Issue : Multimedia, Mobility and the Digital Southeast Asian Family's Polymedia Experiences, Spring 2019, pp. 105-117, doi: 10.18357/mmd41201918973.

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Title Digital family ethnography: Lessons from fieldwork in Australia
Author(s) Winarnita, MonikaORCID iD for Winarnita, Monika orcid.org/0000-0001-5481-063X
Journal name Migration, Mobility, & Displacement
Volume number 4
Issue number 1 - Special Issue : Multimedia, Mobility and the Digital Southeast Asian Family's Polymedia Experiences
Season Spring 2019
Start page 105
End page 117
Total pages 13
Publisher Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives - University of Victoria
Place of publication Victoria, B.C.
Publication date 2019-06-07
ISSN 2369-288X
Keyword(s) digital family ethnography
migration
participant observation
social media
Summary This article discusses the opportunities and constraints in using a digital family ethnography for qualitative studies amongst Indonesians in Australia. The frst half of the article highlights the opportunities that online and offine participant observation can provide in terms of understanding family transnational networks. Going beyond an ego-based narrative approach in interviews, digital family ethnography shows how social network analysis and refexivity can bring depth to a study on family by including the researcher’s position vis-à-vis the research participants. The second half of the article discusses challenges in using these combined online and offine methods and how these challenges might be mitigated in future studies. In particular, the article look at problems faced with interviews, multimedia usage, and social media analysis related to the researcher’s background and in working with different age groups. In the transnational family context, social media and electronic communication are critical parts of contemporary ethnographic methodologies, and the discussion thus centres on including online personhood in the research. The study concludes that although digital family ethnography methodologies have limitations, they can be used to account for the transforming relationships that make up family mobility.
Language eng
DOI 10.18357/mmd41201918973
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 2002 Cultural Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, Monika Winarnita
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30142432

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