Conceptualization of the Phenomenon of Subjectness of the Network Community Using a Grounded Theory Method

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Abstract

The study of the characteristics of network communities is due to the increasingly complete transition of social life into the Internet space. Subjectness is a key psychological characteristic of a community that manifests itself in its discourse. The method of grounded theory as one of the most advanced methods in the coding paradigm allows conceptualizing the phenomenon of subjectness of network communities by analyzing their discourse. The article shows how this method is consistently used and how the problems associated with the psychological interpretation of constructs generated from the “empirical field” are overcome. So the problem of the diversity manifestations of subjectness was solved by subjective scaling of the contribution of substantive codes during the reconstruction of the structure of implicit ideas about the subjectness of the network community. Further iterations in the process of constructing a ground theory and the development of a short list of discursive markers of subjectness led to the inclusion methods for comparing factor structures. The analysis of the trolling process made it possible to introduce into the developed model of subjectness the ideas about current and potential components.

General Information

Keywords: subjectness, network community, grounded theory method, coding paradigm, discursive markers of subjectness

Journal rubric: Psychology of Digital Reality

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2020130301

Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 18-00-00606 (18-00-00605).

For citation: Voronin A.N., Kubrak T.A. Conceptualization of the Phenomenon of Subjectness of the Network Community Using a Grounded Theory Method. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2020. Vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 4–14. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2020130301. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Anatoly N. Voronin, Doctor of Psychology, Chief Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6612-9726, e-mail: voroninan@bk.ru

Tina A. Kubrak, PhD in Psychology, Research Associate, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0701-1736, e-mail: kubrak.tina@gmail.com

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