Social Media Research Resources

Anderson, Leon, and Mathew Austin. 2012. “Auto-Ethnography in Leisure Studies.” Leisure Studies 31 (2): 131–46.  

This paper seeks to situate the role of autoethnographic methods and analysis as a legitimate framework for positioning qualitative dimensions in the field of leisure studies. By observing trends and results in a number of scholarly works that use autoethnographic methods, this paper shows that autoethnography is especially potent in providing rich material for analysis along the lines of race, class, gender and other markers of identity. This paper is potent in understanding and situating the practices of sound system aficionados surrounding ways they represent themselves in social media.   

Brown-Saracino, Japonica, Jessica Thurk, and Gary Alan Fine. 2008. “Beyond Groups: Seven Pillars of Peopled Ethnography in Organizations and Communities.” Qualitative Research 8 (5): 547–67.  

This paper looks at the dynamics of ethnography across scales and offers methodological insights into what translates between smaller groups and larger contexts. While there are several studies that look at communities of various sizes, this study breaks down the interactions between micro- and macro-levels of analysis. In the case of its application to the Astarbene/social media case studies, we can observe how the larger context of reggae and sound system culture, Italian youth culture, local kinship networks and other factors contribute to the in-group dynamic in the context of Astarbene itself and the wider networks of reggae enthusiasts.  


Fine, Gary Alan. 2003. “Towards a Peopled Ethnography: Developing Theory from Group Life.” Ethnography 4 (1): 41–60.   

This paper outlines what the author calls “peopled ethnography”, a type of participant ethnography that is developed through multivalent interactions within a smaller group. It outlines how ongoing group interactions shape this process and how by observing organic group dynamics, the ethnographer situates themselves as a participant, by adding to the group dynamic itself. In the case for the Astarbene case study, this study provided a framework for understanding how the nuances of engagement function as dynamics between different set of groups (i.e. between SST and Astarbene, between Astarbene and the larger reggae/sound system scenes) collide.  

Gruzd, Anatoliy, Kathleen Staves, and Amanda Wilk. 2012. “Connected Scholars: Examining the Role of Social Media in Research Practices of Faculty Using the UTAUT Model.” Computers in Human Behavior 28 (6): 2340–50.  

This paper provides a model for understanding how social media functions in the realm of scholarly research. As social media use has become popularized, so has its uptake in academic realms. This study focuses on how it is used in information science and technology research using semi-structured interviews. While this is a markedly different scholarly environment from either sound studies or cultural studies, this paper shows the precedence of use of social media in academic research and gives insights into its efficacy in research and dissemination. This paper helps guide us as a research group to engage with social media effectively for our own research and dissemination.  

Rowlands, Ian, David Nicholas, Bill Russell, Nicholas Canty, and Anthony Watkinson. 2011. “Social Media Use in the Research Workflow.” Learned Publishing 24 (3): 183–95.  

This paper focuses on quantitative data related to social media use and research. In particular, it provides insights into how social media can be incorporated into research workflow and its effectiveness is significant in all parts of the research process. Rowlands et al. found that the use of social media platforms, namely, Twitter and Facebook, are effective tools in research creation and dissemination when it comes to collaborative research, conferences and the organization of meetings of any scale. Especially for projects that are socially-embedded, social media provides a key infrastructure for contact between researchers and non-researchers and becomes a site for cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration. For the SST project, this reaffirms the importance of social media as a key research site.  


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