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Doing Web Surveys During Uncertain Times: Reflections From a Research Experience on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy

Doing Web Surveys During Uncertain Times: Reflections From a Research Experience on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy
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Author(s): Gabriella Punziano (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), Felice Addeo (University of Salerno, Italy) and Lucia Velotti (City University of New York (CUNY), USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Advanced Research Methodologies for a Digital Society
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Gabriella Punziano (University of Naples Federico II, Italy) and Angela Delli Paoli (University of Salerno, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8473-6.ch008

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Abstract

The chapter will focus on using a web survey administered using social networks as a gathering point to collect data on people's risk perception and their undertaking of protective behaviors during the Italian COVID-19 crisis. This was an unprecedented moment in the digital age when there was no possibility of physical contact due to the limitations imposed on coexistence by the health emergency to stem the spread of the virus. This is when digital connections are the only link among people, and the only tool that can be used for doing social research is trying to satisfy the desire for knowledge without limiting the potential for knowledge production even in times of profound uncertainty and several limitations. Analyzing the participants' feedback on web surveys during times of deep uncertainty allows the authors to show what is clearly happening to social research currently. The discussions will be supported by an auto-ethnography conducted on comments left by the respondents to the survey.

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