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What is Digital Sociology?

What is Digital Sociology? I really like that Deborah suggested this title for her lecture tomorrow night because it’s a question which fascinates me. Obviously this is in part a matter of terminological novelty, with ‘digital sociology’ obviously supplementing parallel projects of ‘digital humanities’, ‘digital geography’ and ‘digital anthropology’  in […]

Social analytics as an agenda for digital sociology

What Nick Couldry says here is a pleasingly precise statement of what I’ve been trying to articulate when writing vague statements like the “distinctively sociological sensibility which is marginalised by computational social science”: The starting-points for a hermeneutics of the social world are, in key ways, being transformed by big data and […]

The Philosophy of Data Science

I just saw the LSE Impact blog posted this nice summary of the interview series I’m doing for them: Rob Kitchin: “Big data should complement small data, not replace them.” In this first interview, Rob Kitchin elaborates on the specific characteristics of big data, the hype and hubris surrounding its […]

Cfp: Mini Conference on Digital Sociology

MINI-CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL SOCIOLOGY CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Eastern Sociological Society New York City February 26-March 1, 2015 Millennium Broadway Hotel In keeping with the Eastern Sociological Society’s theme of “Crossing Borders”, the Digital Sociology Mini-Conference seeks papers that address the many borders crossed – national, disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, epistemological – […]

The emergence of digital sociology

I’m really looking forward to Deborah Lupton’s book on Digital Sociology which is due to be released next year. There’s a extract from the introduction on her blog which gives a helpful overview of the pre-history of digital sociology, focusing in particular on the way in which subdisciplinary boundaries had […]

The politics of facebook

This post by Zeynep Tufekci on her Medium site is the best thing I’ve read yet about the recent facebook controversy. I’m struck by how this kind of power can be seen as no big deal. Large corporations exist to sell us things, and to impose their interests, and I don’t understand why […]

Racism and Digital Communication and Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: 2 events at @SocioWarwick 11th June

Two excellent looking events organised by people in my department: Workshop on Race, Racism and Digital Communications, 10.30-1pm, Gillian Rose Room (R3.25), Ramphal Building, University of Warwick [with the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, Warwick] Discussion featuring Alana Lentin, Sanjay Sharma, Kirsten Forkert and Nathaniel Tkacz on transformation of race through digital […]

CfP: Big Data in Political Science

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: CALL FOR ARTICLES NEW DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2014 RSF: THE RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES CONFERENCE ON BIG DATA IN POLITICAL ECONOMY The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences invites submissions for its upcoming issue on “big data in political economy.” The aim of […]

CfP: Profiling Digital Sociologists

A couple of years ago I started a project which I subsequently forgot all about. I’ve now remembered about the Digital Sociologist audio profiles I was putting together and I’d quite like to finish them. Would you like to be profiled? The audio is really simple to record. Get in […]