Using e-surveys to access the views of football fans within online communities

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/249431
Title:
Using e-surveys to access the views of football fans within online communities
Authors:
Gibbons, T. (Tom); Nuttall, D. (Daniel)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. School of Social Sciences and Law.
Citation:
Gibbons, T. and Nuttall, D. (2012) 'Using e-surveys to access the views of football fans within online communities', Sport in Society, Forthcoming in 2012
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Sport in Society
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/249431
DOI:
10.1080/17430437.2012.690401
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17430437.2012.690401
Abstract:
This essay aims to discuss the key benefits and problems involved in using online surveys (e-surveys) for the purpose of accessing the views of football fans that interact with one another via online discussion forums/message boards. Methodological strategies that were adopted and critical issues that arose regarding the dissemination of an e-survey within a specific online community for football fans are reflected upon. Suggestions for researchers adopting similar methodologies to access the views of football fans are provided, and it is argued that an ethnographic approach needs to be adopted by researchers who aim to maximize the quality and quantity of e-survey responses. In particular, the importance of planning the researchers' entrée into the community under study – involving the establishment and maintenance of rapport with key gatekeepers – is considered essential for the success of future studies.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
football fans; research methods
ISSN:
1743-0437; 1743-0445
Rights:
Subject to restrictions author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 18/10/2012].
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 18/10/2012]

Full metadata record

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dc.contributor.authorGibbons, T. (Tom)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorNuttall, D. (Daniel)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-18T14:08:54Zen
dc.date.available2012-10-18T14:08:54Zen
dc.date.issued2012en
dc.identifier.citationSport in Society; Forthcoming in 2012en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1743-0437en
dc.identifier.issn1743-0445en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17430437.2012.690401en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/249431en
dc.description.abstractThis essay aims to discuss the key benefits and problems involved in using online surveys (e-surveys) for the purpose of accessing the views of football fans that interact with one another via online discussion forums/message boards. Methodological strategies that were adopted and critical issues that arose regarding the dissemination of an e-survey within a specific online community for football fans are reflected upon. Suggestions for researchers adopting similar methodologies to access the views of football fans are provided, and it is argued that an ethnographic approach needs to be adopted by researchers who aim to maximize the quality and quantity of e-survey responses. In particular, the importance of planning the researchers' entrée into the community under study – involving the establishment and maintenance of rapport with key gatekeepers – is considered essential for the success of future studies.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17430437.2012.690401en_GB
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 18/10/2012].en_GB
dc.subjectfootball fansen_GB
dc.subjectresearch methodsen_GB
dc.titleUsing e-surveys to access the views of football fans within online communitiesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. School of Social Sciences and Law.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalSport in Societyen_GB
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 18/10/2012]en_GB
or.citation.harvardGibbons, T. and Nuttall, D. (2012) 'Using e-surveys to access the views of football fans within online communities', Sport in Society, Forthcoming in 2012en_GB
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