Network Action Research

Foth, Marcus (2006) Network Action Research. Action Research, 4(2), pp. 205-226.

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Current literature stresses the significance of networks and network theory in both social as well as technical domains. Not only is the role of networked technologies (such as mobile phones and the internet) in everyday life being scrutinized, but network theory is re-shaping an understanding of how social change and community interaction occurs. In this paper, I build on these developments to propose Network Action Research as a methodological variant of the action research family. I propose that Network Action Research is a timely and appropriate research methodology to guide studies that involve people, place and technology and to meet the challenges that stem from the changing nature of community interaction and social formations within a Network Society. I outline how technology can be used to operationalise and support Network Action Research. Examples from two case studies are used to illustrate key aspects of the methodology.

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ID Code: 2300
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: action research, social networks, networked individualism, communicative ecology, research methodology, research ethics
DOI: 10.1177/1476750306063992
ISSN: 1476-7503
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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