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Digitizing Sociology: Continuity and Change in the Internet Era

Fussey, Pete and Roth, Silke (2020) 'Digitizing Sociology: Continuity and Change in the Internet Era.' Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This article outlines and contextualizes the development of digital sociology as an introduction to this e-special issue, charting the development of the field through the pages of the journal, Sociology. In doing so, the article sketches key contours of this rich and varied terrain, accenting how technological innovation has permeated the domains of politics, culture and society. Of central concern has been the intellectual origins of ‘digital sociology’. While first coined in 2009, the article highlights a longer history, noting the continued resonance of modernity’s currents of categorization, ordering and rationality while recognizing the crucial shifts brought by digitally mediated life. The article then discusses landmark articles contributing to the development of digital sociology, beginning with interventions seeking to theorize digital society. We then turn to articles focusing on methodological questions before addressing the digital turn in selected areas of enduring sociological concern including: work and organizations; inequality; migration; activism; communities; emotions; and everyday life. The article concludes with a series of observations regarding potential futures of digital sociological analyses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: affordances, algorithms, Big Data, datafication, digital divide, digital modernity, ethics, Internet of Things, social media, technological change
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 13:28
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2020 09:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27785

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