Connected Immigrants? Four Methodological Challenges for the Analysis of ict Use through Survey Data*

Mihaela Vancea, Alex Boso

Resumen

Abstract

Both the sociology of migration and the academic literature on network society tend to highlight the penetration of new information and communication technologies (ict) in the migrant population. While there have been significant contributions to this area of knowledge from qualitative studies, very few quantitative studies examine the relationship between the migrant population and new technologies. This article outlines four methodological challenges in the analysis of migrant populations’ adaptation to the network society through survey data: absence of relevant variables, possible measurement errors in the dependent variable, data collection problems and endogeneity.

¿Inmigrantes conectados? Cuatro desafíos metodológicos en el análisis del uso de las tic a través de datos de encuestas

Resumen

Tanto la sociología de la migración como la literatura académica especializada en el estudio de la sociedad red tienden a destacar la penetración de las nuevas tecnologías de la información y la comunicación (tic) en la población inmigrante. Mientras que existen aportaciones relevantes en esta área de conocimiento que provienen de investigaciones de naturaleza cualitativa, escasean las aproximaciones cuantitativas al estudio de la relación entre la población inmigrada y las nuevas tecnologías. Este artículo detalla cuatro de los principales desafíos metodológicos para el análisis de esta temática mediante datos de encuestas: la ausencia de variables relevantes, los errores de medida en la variable dependiente, las dificultades en la fase de la recogida de datos y la endogeneidad.

Keywords: network society;surveys;information and communication technologies;migrant population;methodology



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