A statistical survey on death and digital practices. Reflexivity on methodological biases

Abstract : Constructing a questionnaire, both in terms of methodology and ethics, supposes an exercise in reflexivity, especially when the context relates to a taboo subject such as death. Drawing on a statistical survey aimed mainly at understanding the role of digital technologies in mourning practices, this paper explores a raft of methodological and ethical questions raised by the different steps spanning the design , communication and administration of the survey. We pinpoint the limits of statistical data and the need to supplement these with a qualitative approach as well as " quali-quantitative " data to decipher socio-digital uses in mourning, which relates to the emotive dimension.
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Hélène Bourdeloie, Cindy Minodier. A statistical survey on death and digital practices. Reflexivity on methodological biases. ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies, ESSACHESS editors, 2016, Communication in Statistics: Why? When? and How (not) to do it?, 9 (1), pp.23-51. ⟨halshs-01680665⟩

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