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An Alternative Approach for Research in ICT: Foucaultian Methodology

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Oymen Gur

Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics, GB
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Candidate for M.Sc. in Information Systems and Organization (Research)
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Abstract

Various theoretical perspectives and methodologies are present for studying information and communication technologies (ICT). However, most of these approaches overlook the social and especially the historical aspects of the phenomena. The lack of these trigger overly deterministic and thereby mostly inaccurate findings regarding social change, which is also the case for the research in social network sites (SNSs). By proposing an alternative approach, based on Michel Foucault‘s philosophy, we aim to close the gaps both in SNSs and ICT literature in terms of methodology. Our goal in this article is not to outline a full research process but to introduce ICT researchers to Foucault‘s genealogy by using social network sites as an example.

How to Cite: Gur, O., 2009. An Alternative Approach for Research in ICT: Foucaultian Methodology. iSCHANNEL, 4(1), pp.24–27.
Published on 01 Sep 2009.
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