Rice, R. E. & Fuller,
R. P. (2013). Theoretical
perspectives in the study of communication and the Internet. In W.
(Ed.), Oxford handbook of
Internet studies (Chapter 13, pp.
Oxford University Press.
chapter rviews the major theoretical approaches to studying
social aspects of the Internet during the period 2000-2009. We used an iterative,
inductive, consensual form of content analysis similar to the grounded
method of inquiry. Our analysis of 315 social science articles from 46
identified a wide variety of primary and secondary theories, and
theory themes within six global theory themes. The most frequent global
was social relations, followed by media implications/use &
participation, societal, media attributes, and general theory
much of the early
Internet research was criticized
as being a-theoretical we can
see that a wide range of primary
secondary theories, within more inclusive primary and global themes,
applied to understanding social and communicative aspects of the
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Appendix at http://www.comm.ucsb.edu/faculty/rrice/RiceFullerOxfordHandbookInternetTheory2012Appendix.pdf