Navigating Other-than-Human Identities with Online Ethnography


  • Venetia Robertson University of Sydney



other-than-human, identity, digital culture, netnography, ethics


This article provides an overview of some of the key issues the author encountered when researching an online subculture of people who identify as non-human beings, here referred to as the other-than-human community. The difficulties inherent in this task stem from both the complex nature of internet ethnography and from the community itself, and raise numerous considerations about the ethics and efficacy of various formats of information gathering and analysis. This discussion brings together comparable studies of metaphysical communities, digital communities and computer-based methodologies to situate reflections on online fieldwork in the sensitive area of the self-expression of the other-than-human self.


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Author Biography

Venetia Robertson, University of Sydney

Venetia Robertson submitted her PhD in Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney in 2017. She has published on an array of subjects related to the intersections of subcultures, identities, the internet, and alternative spiritualities


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How to Cite

Robertson, V. (2017). Navigating Other-than-Human Identities with Online Ethnography. Fieldwork in Religion, 12(1), 103–126.