Top 10 works that shaped my thesis research

Tomorrow morning I will be defending my master’s thesis. As I’ve been preparing for this final milestone, I’ve been reflecting on how I got to this point and all the people who’ve influenced my progress. Special thanks to the phenomenal scientists whose works got me here.

Doing a master’s degree involves a heck-load of reading. I’ve cited over 150 references in my thesis manuscript and easily read twice as many more books/chapters/articles that I didn’t cite.

But there were 10 works in particular that really shaped my research and I wanted to publicly thank each of these authors for providing me with such thought-provoking pieces. Some were helpful for formulating my research topic, others guided me through the research process, and others still helped me understand the context of my study.

Reading each of these pieces served as pivotal moments in my research by opening me up to new ideas. I highly recommend giving them a read (and contact me if you need help finding a copy)!

  1. Murthy D (2012). Towards a sociological understanding of social media: Theorizing Twitter. Sociology, 46(6), 1059-1073.
  2. Frank AW (1998). Just listening: Narrative and deep illness. Families, Systems, & Health, 16(3), 197-212.
  3. Boellstorff T, Nardi B, Pearce C, Taylor TL (2012). Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method. Princeton University Press.
  4. Scotland J (2012). Exploring the philosophical underpinnings of research: Relating ontology and epistemology to the methodology and methods of the scientific, interpretive, and critical research paradigms. English Language Teaching, 5(9), 9.
  5. boyd d (2010). Social Network Sites as Networked Publics: Affordances, Dynamics, and Implications. In Papacharissi Z (Ed.), Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites. Routledge.
  6. Nissim R, Rennie D, Fleming S, Hales S, Gagliese L, Rodin G (2012). Goals set in the land of the living/dying: a longitudinal study of patients living with advanced cancer. Death studies, 36(4), 360-390.
  7. Thompson K (2007). Liminality as a descriptor for the cancer experience. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 15(4), 333-351.
  8. Hardin M (2014). Moving beyond description: Putting Twitter in (theoretical) context. Communication & Sport, 2(2), 113-116.
  9. Postill J, Pink S (2012). Social media ethnography: The digital researcher in a messy web. Media International Australia, 145(1), 123-134.
  10. Prior L (2012). Documents in Health Research. In The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

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