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Ethnographic Encounters
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ISSN (Print) 2051-1353
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  • Editorial Note

    • Authors: Anna Louise Todsen, Eva Ferguson, Dayuan Chen
      Pages: 4 - 4
      Abstract: We are pleased to publish this special issue of Ethnographic Encounters on digital research methods. The idea of this theme arose as we noted how the Covid-19 pandemic shifted many aspects of our lives to online contexts, and we reflected upon what this shift has meant for research practices. For the first time in the history of the journal, we have opened our submissions to all the departments of the University of St Andrews and to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • Creativity and Digital Research Methodologies

    • Authors: Benjamin C.H. Kao, Nicole Cizauskas
      Pages: 6 - 13
      Abstract: Digital research methods are relevant to both institutional and anthropological research, and there is a need to address discipline orientated creativity principles in this field. In institutional research, quantitative data has a stronghold – this results in a “Leaky Box’ theory, stating that quantitative only data collection does not address all cohorts present in the tested student population, and that a quantitative and qualitative combined creative method would be more inclusive. Likewise, anthropology research on video games shares similar adherence to accepted models; using video games to understand human interactions is presently accepted only in multiplayer online games with intrahuman interactions. However, research on single-player games with human and more-than human interactions are a valid, albeit novel, creative method in digital research. Creative research methodologies are not intended to be a silver bullet solution to paradigmatic flaws but rather it should guide us towards different disciplinary perspectives.
      PubDate: 2022-05-23
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • Digital Research and COVID-19

    • Authors: Ann Gillian Chu
      Pages: 14 - 21
      Abstract: This paper addresses the challenges of conducting theological ethnographic fieldwork during COVID-19, and proposes a solution of incorporating qualitative secondary data from online databases. The author draws from her experience in conducting her doctoral research in Hong Kong to explore the issues of whether ethnographic fieldwork has to be in a physical space, and how qualitative secondary data from online databases can be used. The study employs a methodology in which lived theology informs and shapes written theology. This paper asks whether being physically present in a field site is still necessary for conducting ethnographic fieldwork, since the pandemic has shifted much of human interactions online. The author argues that physically being in a field site is still necessary to build rapport with the community. This paper also considers the use of existing qualitative secondary data in conducting ethnographic field research. The author sees using qualitative secondary data as more than a way to overcome obstacles set by pandemic restrictions. Researchers who can access under-used data sets can triangulate with their primary data to give stronger support to their arguments.
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • The Student Experience with Dating within the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Authors: Claire Percival
      Pages: 22 - 28
      Abstract: When the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in the UK in March 2020, I, like many others, turned to Tinder and began having conversations with strangers , whilst confined to the four walls of my bedroom, as emotions of isolation, and anxiety grew nationally (YoungMinds, 2021). As restrictions eased, I forgot I had the app, but come September, with Covid-19 guidelines tightening again when I returned to university, I found myself turning to Tinder, where I met my boyfriend. My personal experience with dating. This made me reflect about the ways in which university students have been dating within the pandemic, inspiring me to have conversations with my peers. The main topics that arose was how to define dating, with the distinction between dating and a relationship, and why people were turning to dating apps, when Burton and Baym claim that the people are unable to make real connections with others online, viewing profiles as personas (Baym, 2015; Burton, 2020). We also discussed the emotional impact of the pandemic towards attitudes of dating, the timing of relationships changing, and finally what it was actually like to go on dates throughout the pandemic.
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • “Why do we post selfies'”

    • Authors: Alice Palfreyman
      Pages: 29 - 35
      Abstract: Over the last two decades, we have watched the selfie grow and establish itself in the virtual sphere, especially on the social media site Instagram. This article considers the role that selfies play in our communications and social relations in an online space through engaging with the experiences of young, Scottish women. It explores their thoughts on taking, posting, and interacting selfies in order to understand the meanings and motivations behind selfies on Instagram. It will find that regardless of how “vain” taking selfies may be, posting them is a method of virtual communication that cannot be ignored. This article also breaks down the association between women, selfies, and vanity through analysing the phenomenon of moral panics, and how this impacts the interlocutors in their selfie taking habits.
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • Dundee Drag Goes Digital

    • Authors: Eilidh Gilmour
      Pages: 36 - 42
      Abstract: During a period of lockdown in the UK in 2021 I conducted Ethnographic Encounters project on the culture within the Dundee Drag community. Over the course of the virtual interviews I conducted with four members of the community I began to get to grips with the unique nature of Drag in Dundee. This community has undergone a series of transformations as a result of the hit BBC reality show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ as well as the sudden shift from weekly physical performances to a solely inhabiting a digital space in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This project considers how a performance-based culture may exist in a digital capacity.
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • From the Outside In

    • Authors: Evelyn Hoon
      Pages: 43 - 51
      Abstract: Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle which rejects the consumption of animal products and calls for an end to animal exploitation. This article is an ethnographic exploration of how vegans internally comprehend and externally communicate vegan identity. Ethnographic data is drawn from a mosaic of personal reflections, virtual engagement with university-aged vegans, and observation of online vegan spaces. This data demonstrates that veganism and vegan identity are, at their core, a rejection of carnism: the social norm of accepting animal exploitation. Using psychological and linguistic approaches, I describe vegan identity as performative — vegans use behaviour and language used to identify themselves as vegan amongst peers and in public spaces. Through an ethnographic approach, I argue that the invisible dominant ideology of carnism rules both the minds of omnivores who accept it, and the behaviour and identities of vegans who fight it, particularly in online spaces. Both vegan identities and vegans’ interactions with omnivores are shaped by defiance of carnism.
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
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