Anca Aştilean

The New Aspects of the Research Field

Anca Aştilean

Article information

Volume: XI Issue: 1, Pages: 121-130
Anca Aştilean
Babeş-Bolyai University, Centre for Population Studies, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


This paper discusses the new approach one can have during fieldwork and how the social media changed the way we view the interactions a researcher has with the people he interviews. From the contacts on Facebook to the online interview (somewhat new for migration research in Easter Europe), it is easier than ever to contact the people you wish to have in your study and at a same time the question of the validity of the study deepens as we, as researchers, emerge into the social media and behind the screen more and more.

Keywords: social media, Facebook, Skype, online research, interviews, methodology, field research


Allison, C. (2012). The Relational Experience of Facebook: The Impact of Online Social Networking on Users’ Relationships and Relational Selves. [PhD Thesis]. Roehampton, London: University of Roehampton.

Baker, S.  (2013). “Conceptualizing the use of Facebook in ethnographic research: as tool, as data and as context”. Ethnography and Education 8(2): 131–145.

Beneito-Montagut, R. (2011). “Ethnography goes online: Towards a user-centered methodology to research interpersonal communication on the internet”. Qualitative Research 11(6): 716– 735.

Blaikie, N. (2000). “Designing Social Research: The Logic of Anticipation”. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Grant, K. (2009). “Global Technography: Ethnography in the Age of Mobility”. New York: Peter Lang Press.

James, N., Busher, H. (2009). Online Interviewing. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Lincoln, Y. S., Guba, E. G. (2000). “Paradigmatic controversies, contradictions, and emerging confluences”. In Denzin, N. K., Lincoln, S. Y. (eds.), The handbook of qualitative research (2nd edition). London: Sage, pp. 163-188.

Madianou, M., Miller, D. (2012). Migration and new media: transnational families and polymedia, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Maranto, G., Barton, M. (2010). “Paradox and promise: MySpace, Facebook, and the sociopolitics of social networking in the writing classroom”. Computers and Composition 27: 36–47.

Nedelcu, M. (2012). “Migrants’ New Transnational Habitus: Rethinking Migration Through a Cosmopolitan Lens in the Digital Age”. Journal of Ethnic And Migration Studies  38(9): 1339-1356. 

Noy, C. (2008). “Sampling Knowledge: “The Hermeneutics of Snowball Sampling in Qualitative Research”. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 11(4): 327-344.

Orchard, L. J. et all (2014). “Investigating the Facebook experience through Q Methodology: Collective investment and a ‘Borg’ mentality”. New Media & Society. April 2.

Piacenti, D. J., Rivas, L. B., Garrett, J. (2014). “Facebook Ethnography: The Poststructural Ontology of Transnational (Im) migration Research”. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 13(1): 224-236.

Robila, M. (2010). Eastern European Immigrant Families. New York: Routledge,

Scolari, C. A. (2009). “Mapping conversations about new media: the theoretical field of digital communication”.  New Media & Society 11 (6): 943-964.

Zimmer, M. (2010). “But the data is already public”: On the ethics of research in Facebook.” Ethics and Information Technology 12: 313–325.