The Oxford Handbook of Networked Communication

ISBN : 9780190460518

Brooke Foucault Welles; Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
616 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
Oxford Handbooks
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Communication technologies, including the internet, social media, and countless online applications create the infrastructure and interface through which many of our interactions take place today. This form of networked communication creates new questions about how we establish relationships, engage in public, build a sense of identity, and delimit the private domain. The ubiquitous adoption of new technologies has also produced, as a byproduct, new ways of observing the world: many of our interactions now leave a digital trail that, if followed, can help us unravel the rhythms of social life and the complexity of the world we inhabit-and thus help us reconstruct the logic of social order and change.

The analysis of digital data requires partnerships across disciplinary boundaries that-although on the rise-are still uncommon. Social scientists and computer scientists have never been closer in their goals of trying to understand communication dynamics, but there are not many venues where they can engage in an open exchange of methods and theoretical insights. This handbook brings together scholars across the social and technological sciences to lay the foundations of communication research in the networked age, and to provide a canon of how research should be conducted in the digital era. The contributors highlight the main theories currently guiding their research in digital communication, and discuss state-of-the-art methodological tools, including automated text analysis, the analysis of networks, and the use of natural experiments in virtual environments. Following a general introduction, the handbook covers network and information flow, communication and organizational dynamics, interactions and social capital, mobility and space, political communication and behavior, and the ethics of digital research.



1. Introduction: Communication in the Networked Age

Brooke Foucault Welles and Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

Part I. Networks and Information Flow

2. Introduction to Part I, Networks and Information Flow: The Second Golden Age

David Lazer

3. Rebooting Mass Communication: Using Computational and Network Tools to Rebuild Media Theory

Katya Ognyonova

4. Propagation Phenomena in Social Media

Meeyoung Cha, Fabricio Benevenuto, Saptarshi Ghosh, and Krishna Gummadi

5. Dynamical Processes in Time-Varying Networks

Bruno Goncalves and Nicola Perra

6. Partition-Specific Network Analysis of Digital Trace Data: Research Questions and Tools

Deen Freelon

Part II. Communication and Organizational Dynamics

7. Introduction to Part II, Communication and Organizational Dynamics: How Can Computational Social Science Motivate the Development of Theories, Data, and Methods?

Noshir Contractor

8. The New Dynamics of Organizational Change

Matthew S. Weber

9. Online Communication by Emergency Responders During Crisis Events

Emma S. Spiro

10. Studying Populations of Online Communities

Benjamin Mako Hill and Aaron Shaw

11. Gender and Networks in Virtual Worlds

Grace Benefield and Cuihua Shen

Part III. Interactions and Social Capital

12. Introduction to Part III, Understanding Social Dynamics Online: Social Networks, Social Capital, and Social Interactions

Nicole Ellison

13. The Analysis of Social Capital in Digital Environments: A Social Investment Approach

Hazel Kwon

14. Multiplying the Medium: Tie Strength, Social Role, and Mobile Media Multiplexity

Jack Jamieson, Jeffrey Boase, Tetsuro Kobayashi

15. Revolutionizing Mental Health with Social Media

MunMun de Choudhury

16. The Neuroscience of Information Sharing

Christin Scholz and Emily B. Falk

Part IV. Political Communication and Behavior

17. Introduction to Part IV, Political Communication Research in a Networked World

Michael X. Delli Carpini

18. Modeling and Measuring Deliberation Online

Nick Beauchamp

19. Moving Beyond Sentiment Analysis: Social Media and Emotions in Political Communication

Jamie E. Settle

20. Dynamics of Attention and Public Opinion in Social Media

Emilio Ferrara

21. A Satisficing Search Model of Text Production

Drew B. Margolin

22. Studying Networked Communication in the Middle East: Social Disrupter and Social Observatory

Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Muzammil M. Hussain, Ingmar Weber

Part V. Mobility and Space

23. Introduction to Part V, Mobile Space and Agility as the Subversive Partner

Carolyn Marvin

24. One Foot on the Streets, One Foot on the Web: Analyzing the Ecosystem of Protest Movements in an Era of Pervasive Digital Communication

Paolo Gerbaudo

25. Our Stage, Our Streets: Brooklyn Drag and the Queer Imaginary

Jessa Lingel

26. Digital Mapping of Urban Mobility Patterns

Christopher Morrison and Douglas J. Wiebe

27. Research on Mobile Phone Data in the Global South: Opportunities and Challenges

Seyram Avle, Emmanuel Quartey, David Hutchful

Part VI. Ethics of Digital Research

28. Introduction to Part VI, The Ethics of Digital Research

Jeffrey T. Hancock

29. Digital Trace Data and Social Research: A Proactive Research Ethics

Ericka Menchen-Trevino

30. A Practitioner's Guide to Ethical Web Data Collection

Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson

31. Responsible Research on Social Networks: Dilemmas and Solutions

Jon Crowcroft, Hamed Haddadi and Tristan Henderson

32. Unintended Consequences of Using Digital Methods in Difficult Research Environments

Katy E. Pearce

33. Ethical Issues in Internet Research: The Case of China

Bo Mai and Maria Repnikova

34. The Future of Communication Research

Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon and Brooke Foucault Welles


About the author: 

Brooke Foucault Welles is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and core faculty of the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. Her research examines technology, social structure, and marginalization, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and mixed-methods approaches. She leads the CoMM (Communication Media and Marginalization) Lab, is the co-founder of WiNS (Women in Network Science) and was the 2017 recipient of Northeastern University's Excellence in Teaching Award. Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon is an Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and affiliated faculty at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences. Prior to joining Penn, she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (2008-2013), where she is now a Research Associate. Her research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools, and political communication. She leads the DiMeNet (Digital Media, Networks,; and Political Communication) research group.

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