Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research

Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research

By: Noortje Marres (author)Paperback

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This provocative new introduction to the field of digital sociology offers a critical overview of interdisciplinary debates about new ways of knowing society that are emerging today at the interface of computing, media, social research and social life. Digital Sociology introduces key concepts, methods and understandings that currently inform the development of specifically digital forms of social enquiry. Marres assesses the relevance and usefulness of digital methods, data and techniques for the study of sociological phenomena and evaluates the major claim that computation makes possible a new science of society . As Marres argues, the digital does much more than inspire innovation in social research: it forces us to engage anew with fundamental sociological questions. We must learn to appreciate that the digital has the capacity to throw into crisis existing knowledge frameworks and is likely to reconfigure wider relations. This timely engagement with a key transformation of our age will be indispensable reading for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in digital sociology, digital media, computing and society.

About Author

Noortje Marres is Associate Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick

Contents

Acknowledgements Preface 1. What is digital sociology? 2. What makes digital technologies social? 3. Do we need new methods? 4. Are we researching society or technology? 5. Who are digital sociology's publics? 6. Does digital sociology have problems? References

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780745684796
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780745684796
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 0745684793

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