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Self-Harm

The Need to ‘Do Something’

By Akiko Hart And here we are: yet again, the need to ‘do something’, anything, about social media and self-harm. The latest furore, borne of the tragic suicide of Molly Russell, is part of a longer tirade against social media and against self-harm, by people who don’t understand either and would take them away from […]

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Self-Harm

How Might a Social Media Crackdown on Self Harm Content Actually Work?

By Mark Brown Social media as means of ordinary people sharing, discussing and meeting others has democratised the web. Anyone can post, respond, distribute anything they want. It has broken down barriers between people and information and made it possible for anyone, anywhere to discuss or learn about anything they want. There are no editors, […]

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Self-Harm

Can We Look At Self-Harm?

By Brigit McWade, 1st February 2019 On 28th January, news media reported on Sir Nick Clegg’s first speech as Facebook’s new global affairs chief. The BBC framed this event in the context of a rising concern around young people, social media and mental health, citing a father of a young woman who had committed suicide […]

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Podcasts

Social Media, Global Social Theory and Sociological Activism

In this podcast our trustee Gurminder K. Bhambra talks to our digital engagement fellow Mark Carrigan about the possibilities of social media for public sociology and activism. The two projects discussed are Global Social Theory and Discover Society.

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Social Media, Mexico and Web Literacy

By Hiram de la Peña Celaya The Cambridge Analytica scandal and the subsequent media attention this story received was a huge shocker for users and non-users of sites such as Facebook. The massive retrieval of data was seen for the first time in its real proportions, as were the sophisticated methods of advertising used inside […]

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Social Media, Activism, and Organisations #SMAO15

Date: 6th November 2015 Social media (from mainstream platforms such as Twitter to organization-specific tools) have become increasingly pervasive. This is exemplified by the diversity of uses ranging from Twitter and Facebook use during the Arab spring to the use of Snapchat by highly surveilled activist groups. Many social movements have increasingly seen social media […]

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Sociology and Social Media: Problems and Prospects

Time: 9:30am – 6:00pm, Saturday 2nd December, 2017 Location: Goldsmiths The Sociological Review is delighted to announce the opportunity to take part in a one-day workshop on Sociology and social media. This workshop will be taking place exactly a year after the Value & Values event. It will allow issues to be raised by the sociological community and […]

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Social Media and Doing a PhD, What Do You Need to Know – A Postgraduate Workshop

The Sociological Review Foundation is delighted to announce that it will be running a postgraduate workshop facilitated by Mark Carrigan, Inger Mewburn (Thesis Whisperer) and Pat Thomson (patter). This workshop will build on our December 2017 workshop Sociology and Social Media: Problems and Prospects to address the challenges and opportunities which social media produce for […]

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Sociology and Social Media: Problems and Prospects

If social media is here to stay, we urgently need to address what this means for the discipline in a way that extends beyond individualised responses which have heretofore been dominant. This event was a first step towards starting this conversation. If you’re interested in continuing the discussions from the event, please contact socialmedia@thesociologicalreview.com with a proposal for […]

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