Virtual Ethnography in Transit Migration Research (73379)

Session Information: Curriculum Design & Development
Session Chair: Surendra Shrestha

Friday, 22 September 2023 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Nova Icaria
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

When social reality evolves, ethnography is forced to do so as well. Ruiz and Aguirre (2015) explain that from the socialization of the internet and the consequent creation and emergence of virtual communities in sites such as social networks, researchers resort to a virtual ethnography, taking the bases of classical ethnography and taking them to cyberspace. From the arrival of the internet and virtual spaces, is that a new way of building identities, cultures and ways of relating socially appears. The proposal of this work has to do with the use of virtual ethnography as a methodology to approach the communities of migrants in transit, especially analyzing them from their configured and built communities in the Facebook social network, in groups where experiences and knowledge related to transit migration are shared. This is why the research is proposed as qualitative research, in which non-participant observation of the communities inserted in this virtual space (Álvarez, 2009) will be used to provide interpretations and descriptions of the reality experienced by these groups. Concluding that, given that community relations are mixed, virtual ethnography provides this novel element to complement the work of classical ethnography and enrich the field of knowledge. Facebook ethnography allows the (im) migration researcher to transcend the four structural dualities that constrain transnational ethnographic research: (a) geographic constraints, (b) travel funding constraints, (c) travel time constraints, and (d) the logistical constraints of entrée into new ethnographic contexts. Facebook ethnography also allows the qualitative researcher to temporarily transcend the ontological structuralist dualities of traditional research methods, producing a new poststructural epistemological and ontological methodology.

Pascual Garcia, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador
Karla Mora, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador
Marcel Esquivel, Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Pascual Garcia is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja in Ecuador

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00