Digital Methods for Social Science

An Interdisciplinary Guide to Research Innovation

  • Helene Snee
  • Christine Hine
  • Yvette Morey
  • Steven Roberts
  • Hayley Watson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology: An Introduction

    1. Helene Snee, Christine Hine, Yvette Morey, Steven Roberts, Hayley Watson
      Pages 1-11
  3. Big Data, Thick Data: Social Media Analysis

  4. Combining and Comparing Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-70
    2. Roberto de Roock, Ibrar Bhatt, Jonathon Adams
      Pages 105-121
  5. Developing Innovations in Digital Methods

  6. Digital Research: Challenges and Contentions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-174
    2. Claire Hewson
      Pages 206-221
    3. Helene Snee, Christine Hine, Yvette Morey, Steven Roberts, Hayley Watson
      Pages 222-230
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


This timely book inspires researchers to deploy relevant, effective, innovative digital methods. It explores the relationship of such methods to 'mainstream' social science; interdisciplinarity; innovations in digital research tools; the opportunities (and challenges) of digital methods in researching social life; and digital research ethics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Helene Snee
    • 1
  • Christine Hine
    • 2
  • Yvette Morey
    • 3
  • Steven Roberts
    • 4
  • Hayley Watson
    • 5
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUK
  2. 2.University of SurreyUK
  3. 3.Centre for the Study of Behaviour Change and InfluenceUniversity of the West of EnglandUK
  4. 4.Monash UniversityAustralia
  5. 5.Trilateral Research and ConsultingUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-55862-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45366-2
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