1st Edition

Netnography Unlimited Understanding Technoculture using Qualitative Social Media Research

Edited By Robert V. Kozinets, Rossella Gambetti Copyright 2021
    342 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Netnography has become an essential tool for qualitative research in the dynamic, complex, and conflicted worlds of contemporary technoculture.  Shaped by academic fields, industries, national contexts, technologies and platforms, and languages and cultures for over two decades, netnography has impacted the research practices of scholars around the world. 

    In this volume, 34 researchers present 19 chapters that examine how they have adapted netnography and what those changes can teach us. Positioned for students and researchers in academic and professional fields, this book examines how we can better use netnographic research to understand the many ways networked technologies affect every element of contemporary business life and consumer existence. 

    Netnography Unlimited provides an unprecedented new look at netnography. From COVID-19 to influencer empathy, gambling and the Dark Web to public relations and the military, AI and more-than-human netnography to video-streaming and auto-netnography, there has never been a wider or deeper treatment of technocultural netnographic research in one volume. Readers will learn what kind of work they can do with netnography and gain an up-to-date understanding of the most pressing issues and opportunities. This book is a must-read for those interested in technology, research methods, and contemporary culture.


    Section 1 – Netnography mobilized

    Chapter 1 – Netnography today: a call to evolve, embrace, energize, and electrify - Robert V. Kozinets

    Chapter 2 – Netnography to uncover cryptomarkets - Alexia Maddox

    Chapter 3 – Netnography to explore gambling practices: situating and advancing discourse and method - Killian O’Leary

    Chapter 4 – In the public interest: netnography to impel policy and regulatory change - Robert V. Kozinets, Rossella Gambetti, Ulrike Gretzel, Maribel Suarez and Caroline Renzulli

    Section 2 – Netnography territorialized

    Chapter 5 – Netnography in the healthcare and nursing sector - Martin Salzmann-Erikson and Henrik Eriksson

    Chapter 6 – Netnography in a military context: ethical considerations - Donna Schuman, Donald Schuman, Natalie Pope and Amy Johnson

    Chapter 7 – Political netnography: a method for the study of power and ideology in social media - Dino Villegas

    Chapter 8 – Netnography in public relations - Margalit Toledano

    Chapter 9 – Netnography in tourism beyond Web 2.0: a critical assessment - Rokhshad Tavakoli and Paolo Mura

    Section 3 – Netnography industrialized

    Chapter 10 – Netnography applied: five key lessons learned from sixteen years of field experience - Michael Bartl and Constance Casper

    Chapter 11 – Netnography in the banking sector - José-Serafin Clemente-Ricolfe and Roberto Cervelló Royo

    Chapter 12 – The best of both worlds: methodological insights on combining human and AI labor in netnography - Anna Marchuk, Stefan Biel, Volker Bilgram and Signe Worning Løgstrup Jensen

    Chapter 13 – Global beautyscapes: an innovation-centered netnography of Chinese skin care and cosmetics consumers - Rossella Gambetti, Robert V. Kozinets, Ulrike Gretzel, Pierfranco Accardo and Luisella Bovera

    Section 4 - Netnography humanized

    Chapter 14 – Auto-netnography in education: unfettered and unshackled - Elizabeth Howard

    Chapter 15 – Getting up, close and personal with influencers: the promises and pitfalls of intimate netnography - Anthony Patterson and Rachel Ashman

    Section 5 - Netnography theorized

    Chapter 16 – Netnography in human and non-human networked sociality - Sarah Quinton and Nina Reynolds

    Chapter 17 – Online ethnography and social phenomena on the move: time construction in netnography and mobile ethnography - Birgit Muskat

    Chapter 18 – Netnography in live video streaming - Yi-Sheng Wang

    Chapter 19 – Netnography, digital habitus, and technocultural capital - Rossella Gambetti



    Robert V. Kozinets is Professor and the Jayne and Hans Hufschmid Chair of Strategic Public Relations and Business Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.  

    Rossella Gambetti is Associate Professor of Business Communication at Labcom (Research Lab on Business Communication) in the Department of Business Administration and Management Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.