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Big Data Sociology: Preparing for the Brave New World

By Hamish Robertson and Joanne Travaglia The emergence of the big data paradigm has taken place over centuries of development, emerging from a variety of pioneering uses into what we now call the information sciences. In addition to its theoretical and technical implications, big data clearly has growing implications for individuals and societies. The current representation of big […]

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Reorienting Sociology: Disruption and Digital Technology

By William Housley Reorienting sociology is a phrase that builds on the endless ‘turns’ that prefigured the current phase of defining the discipline. It is a navigational frame and needs to be treated with caution, lest it be applied with unreflexive haste. The recent explosion of interest in the emerging contours of digital society and new […]

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Sociological Imagination: Digital Sociology and the Future of the Discipline

By Kate Orton-Johnson, Nick Prior and Karen Gregory Special Section on Digital Sociology Although the term digital sociology has emerged in the last few years, the term points us less toward a bounded field of research practices or theoretical standpoints than toward what we should think of both as a reflexive moment in sociological thinking — a moment that asks us to […]

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Should Digital Technology Lead Us to Reconceptualise the Social?

By Jessica Heal Special Section on Digital Sociology Should digital technology lead us to reconceptualise the social? Yes and No. Digital technologies are much discussed and little understood. But to what extent do they affect how we, as researchers, should approach our work? This essay argues that technologies, as the vehicle of the social, cannot be […]

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Sociology and Human-Computer Interaction: A Call to Arms for Greater Collaboration

By Effie Le Moignan Special Section on Digital Sociology I am not a sociologist. So why am I here and what am I? I am undertaking my PhD in Computer Science, more specifically within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Social computing. This area encompasses how people use, perceive and behave when faced with technology and the results that […]

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Disruptive Technologies, Social Transformation and the Socio-Digital

By William Housley Special Section on Digital Sociology  During the course of this short article I reflect on the sociological study of ‘disruptive technologies’ in the digital age. My starting point begins with a sociological framing of these phenomena through the mobilization of classic sociological questions that concern how social organization is possible? Why do societies […]

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On Doing Words With Things: Citizens, Claims and Digital Acts

By Evelyn Ruppert In this special series for The Sociological Review website, innovative sociologists reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing the discipline today. In the third essay, Evelyn Ruppert, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, considers the questions which the internet poses for political subjectivity and the challenge this raises for Digital Sociology. Who is […]

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What is Digital Sociology?

In this podcast recorded at the British Sociological Association’s 2017 Annual Conference, our Digital Fellow Mark Carrigan talks to editorial board member Noortje Marres about her new book Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research. Originally posted 19th June 2017.

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