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What is Digital Sociology?

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What is Digital Sociology?

Neil Selwyn

ISBN: 978-1-509-52711-3 February 2019 Polity 152 Pages

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The rise of digital technology is transforming the world in which we live. Our digitalized societies demand new ways of thinking about the social, and this short book introduces readers to an approach that can deliver this: digital sociology.

Neil Selwyn examines the concepts, tools and practices that sociologists are developing to analyze the intersections of the social and the digital. Blending theory and empirical examples, the five chapters highlight areas of inquiry where digital approaches are taking hold and shaping the discipline of sociology today. The book explores key topics such as digital race and digital labor, as well as the fast-changing nature of digital research methods and diversifying forms of digital scholarship.

Designed for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, this timely introduction will be an invaluable resource for all sociologists seeking to focus their craft and thinking toward the social complexities of the digital age.

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1. Digital sociology: promises and precedents
  • Chapter 2. Digital sociology: central concerns, concepts and questions
  • Chapter 3. Digital sociology in action: ‘digital labor’ and ‘digital race’
  • Chapter 4. Digital methods and methodology
  • Chapter 5. Being a digital sociologist
  • References

“This is an insightful and informative contribution to the burgeoning literature on digital sociology, recognizing what is distinctive about it while acknowledging what it shares with other fields.”
Mark Carrigan, University of Cambridge

“Neil Selwyn’s book is a valuable introduction to the emerging subfield of digital sociology, which it seeks to locate both in an established sociological tradition and in very contemporary research. The book’s approach, readability, pace and tone will make it very attractive to students as a source for debate, elaboration or contention.”
Karen Gregory, University of Edinburgh