A case for using online discussion forums in critical psychological research

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Abstract

Online forums provide a wealth of publicly accessible data and have proven particularly useful for critical psychologists wishing to examine naturalistic data on a wide range of social phenomena. This paper begins by considering the use of online discussion forums for critical discursive psychological research and outlines ethical debates regarding their use (particularly in light of past and current British Psychological Society guidelines). To demonstrate how such data can be used in critical psychology I provide an illustrative example of a discursive analysis of a single online discussion thread taken from a diabetes newsgroup that examines anti-social online behaviours in the form of ‘trolling’, ‘flaming’ and heterosexism. Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 3rd February 2015, available online: www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780887.2015.1008906.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-297
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 3rd February 2015, available online: www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780887.2015.1008906.

Keywords

  • Online discussion forums
  • Internet research
  • Internet ethics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Heterosexism
  • Trolling
  • Flaming

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