Digital Sociology study group website

The Digital Sociology study group, which is affiliated with the British Sociological Association, has a really lively and informative website. It’s updated regularly and also has a Twitter feed. The site is run by the group coordinators Mark Carrigan and Emma Head. The site is an attempt to bring together the emergent work on digital sociology. Here is the description of the Digital Sociology group’s objectives:

In spite of the increasing prominence of the Digital Humanities within the academic landscape, the form and practice which might come to be implied by the moniker ‘Digital Sociology’ remains strikingly inarticulate. While recent developments in computational social science and online research methods are certainly to be welcomed, it is our contention that the nascent ‘digital turn’ being witnessed in the academy has broader significance for the future of sociology than such specialisms can account for. Lupton (2012) identifies four major areas to the nascent field of digital sociology: professional use of digital tools by sociologists, sociological analyses of digital media use, sociological analysis of digital data and critical analysis of digital media and their attendant circuits of capital and power. Our proposed group would seek to represent each of these areas, drawing out the commonalities between them while taking care not to obliterate these distinctions.

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