A short reading list on the topic ‘Digital by-product data and the social sciences’

Yesterday I posted some description and an outline of my module ‘Digital by-product data and the social sciences‘. Afterwards a couple of people asked if I’d be happy to share the readings, which I certainly am. So I managed to lift most of the readings off the virtual learning environment and I have compiled a short reading list for the subject (excluding the audio and audio/visual materials I use). I thought this might be of potential interest to others so I decided to post it on this blog.

A short list of books and articles used on the module
‘digital by-product data and the social sciences’

(NB. This list does not include the audio and audio/visual materials used on the module)

David Beer

Abbot, A. (2000) ‘Reflections on the future of sociology’, Contemporary Sociology 29(2): 296-300.
Adkins, L & Lury, C. (2012) ‘Introduction: Special Measures’, Sociological Review Monograph, Measure and Value. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
Adkins, L. and Lury, C. (2009) ‘What is the Empirical?’, European Journal of Social Theory 12(1): 5-20.
Allen-Robertson, J. & Beer, D. (2010) ‘Mobile Ideas: tracking a concept through time and space’, Mobilities 5(4): 529-545.
Back L (2012) Live Sociology: social research and its futures. Sociological Review 60(s1): 18-39.
Back, L. & Puwar, N. (2012) ‘A manifesto for live methods: Provocations and capacities’, Sociological Review 60(S1): 6-17.
Back, L. & Puwar, N. (eds) (2012) Live Methods. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Back, L., Lury, C. & Zimmer, R. (2013) ‘Doing real-time research: opportunities and challenges’, National Centre for Research Methods methodological review paper, http://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/3157/1/real_time_research.pdf
Bauman, Z. (2007) Consuming Life. Cambridge: Polity.
Baym, N.K. & Ledbetter, A. (2009) ‘Tunes that bind? Predicting friendship strength in a music-based social network’, Information, Communication & Society 12(3): 408-427.
Beer, D. & Burrows, R. (2013) ‘Popular culture, digital archives and the new social life of data’, Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4): 47-71.
Beer, D. & Penfold-Mounce, R. (2009) ‘Celebrity gossip and the new melodramatic imagination’, Sociological Research Online 14(2/3): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/14/2/2.html
Beer, D. & Taylor, M. (2013) ‘The hidden dimensions of the musical field and the potential of the new social data’, Sociological Research Online 18(2): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/18/2/14.html
Beer, D. (2008) ‘Researching a confessional society’, International Journal of Market Research 50(5): 619-629.
Beer, D. (2009) ‘Power through the algorithm? Participatory Web cultures and the technological unconscious’, New Media & Society, 11(6): 985-1002.
Beer, D. (2012) ‘Using social media data aggregators to do social research’, Sociological Research Online 17(3): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/17/3/10.html
Beer, D. (2013) Popular Culture and New Media: The Politics of Circulation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
boyd, d & Crawford, K. (2012) ‘Critical Questions for Big Data: Provocations for a cultural, technological, and scholarly phenomenon’, Information, Communication & Society 15(5): 662-679.
boyd, d. & Ellison, N. (2007) ‘Social network sites: definition, history and scholarship’, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 13(1): 210-230.
Burrows, R. and Ellison, N. (2004) ‘Sorting Places Out? Towards a Social Politics of Neighbourhood Informatisation’, Information, Communication and Society, 7(3): 321-336.
Burrows, R. and Gane, N. (2006) ‘Geodemographics, Software and Class’, Sociology, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 793-812.
Crampton, J. (2009) ‘Cartography: Maps 2.0’, Progress in Human Geography 33(1): 91-100.
Crang, M. & Graham, S. (2007) ‘Sentient Cities: Ambient Intelligence and the Politics of Urban Space’, Information, Communication & Society, 11(6): 789-817.
Dodge, M., Kitchin, R. & Zook, M. (2009) How does software make space? Exploring some geographical dimensions of pervasive computing and software studies, Environment & Planning A, 41(6), pp. 1283-1293.
Edwards, A., Housley, W., Williams, M., Sloan, L. & Williams, M. (2013) ‘Digital social research, social media and the sociological imagination: surrogacy, augmentation and re-orientation’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology 16(3): 245-260.
Gane, N. & Beer, D. (2008) New Media: The Key Concepts. Oxford: Berg.
Gane, N. (2006) ‘Speed Up or Slow Down? Social theory in the information age’ Information, Communication & Society, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 20-38.
Gane, N., Venn, C. & Hand, M. (2007) Ubiquitous Surveillance: Interview with Katherine Hayles, Theory, Culture & Society, 24(7-8), 349-358.
Graham, S. (2005) ‘Software-sorted geographies’, Progress in Human Geography, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 1-19.
Halford, S., Pope, C. & Weal, M. (2013) ‘Digital futures? Sociological Challenges and Opportunities in the Emergent Semantic Web’, Sociology 47(1): 173-189.
Harrington, C.L. & Bielby, D.D. (1995) ‘Where did you here that? Technology and the Social Organization of Gossip’, The Sociological Quarterly 36(3): 607-628.
Hine, C. (2000) Virtual Ethnography. London: Sage.
Kitchin, R and Dodge, M. (2011) Code/Space: Software and everyday life, MIT press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Lange, P. (2007) ‘Publicly Private and Privately Public: Social Networking on YouTube’, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 13(1): 361-380.
Lash, S. & Lury, C. (2007) Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things. Cambridge: Polity
Law, J. & Ruppert, E. (eds) (2013) The Device: The Social Life of Methods, Journal of Cultural Economy 6(3): 229-352. The full table of contents for this issue can be found here.
Marres, N. & Weltevrede, E. (2013) ‘Scraping the social? Issues in live social research’ Journal of Cultural Economy 6(3): 313-335.
Marres, N. (2012) ‘The redistribution of methods: on intervention in digital social research, broadly conceived’, Sociological Review 60(S1): 139-165.
Mosaic. (2009) Mosic United Kingdom: The consumer classification of the United Kingdom, http://strategies.experian.co.uk/Products/Demographic%20Classifications/~/media/Files/Events/MosaicUKlaunch09/Mosaic%20UK%202009%20brochure.ashx (accessed 1 December 2009)
Murthy, D. & Longwell, S.A. (2013) ‘Twitter and Disasters: The uses of Twitter during the 2010 Pakistan floods’, Information, Communication & Society 16(6): 837-855.
Murthy, D. (2008) ‘Digital Ethnography: An examination of the use of new technologies for social research’, Sociology 42(5): 837-855.
Murthy, D. (2012) ‘Towards a sociological understanding of social media: theorizing Twitter’, Sociology 46(6): 1059-1073.
Orton-Johnson, K. & Prior, N (eds) (2013) Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Orton-Johnson, K. & Prior, N. (2013) Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. See the various chapters (and particularly chapter 4) in this book.
Osborne, T., Rose, N. and Savage, M. (2008) ‘Reinscribing British sociology: some critical reflections’, The Sociological Review, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 519-534.
Ritzer, G. & Jurgenson, N. (2010) ‘Production, Consumption, Prosumption: The Nature of Capitalism in the Age of the Digital ‘Prosumer’’, Journal of Consumer Culture 10(1): 13-36.
Rupert, E. & Savage, M. (2011) ‘Transactional Politics’. In Adkins, L. & Lury, C. (eds) Measure & Value, Sociological Review Monograph. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
Ruppert, E., Law, J. & Savage, M. (2013) ‘Reassembling Social Science Methods: The challenge of digital devices’, Theory, Culture & Society 60(4): 22-46.
Ruppert, E., Law, J. & Savage, M. (eds) (2013) The Social Life of Methods, Theory, Culture & Society 30(4): 3-177. The full table of contents for this issue can be found here.
Savage, M. & Burrows, R. (2007) ‘The coming crisis of empirical sociology’, Sociology 41(5): 885-900.
Savage, M. (2009) ‘Contemporary Sociology and the Challenge of Descriptive Assemblage’, European Journal of Social Theory, vol. 12, no. 1 pp. 155-174.
Savage, M. (2013) ‘The ‘Social Life of Methods’: a critical introduction’, Theory, Culture & Society 30(4): 3-21.
Sloan, L., Morgan, J., Housley, W., Williams, M., Edwards, A., Burnap, P. & Rana, O. (2013) ‘Knowing the Tweeters: Deriving Sociologically Relevant Demographics from Twitter’, Sociological Research Online 18(3): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/18/3/7.html
Sterne, J. (2006) The mp3 as cultural artifact, New Media & Society, 8(5), pp. 825-842.
Suna, T., Hardey, M., Huhtinen, J., Hiltunen, Y., Kaski, K. Heikkonen, J. and Ala-Korpela, M. (2006) ‘Self-Organising Map Approach to Individual Profiles: Age, Sex and Culture in Internet Dating’ Sociological Research Online, vol. 11, no. 1, http://www.socresonline.org.uk/11/1/suna.html
Thrift, N. (2005) Knowing Capitalism, London, Sage
Thrift, N. (2005) Knowing Capitalism. London: Sage
Uprichard, E. (2012) ‘Being stuck in (live) time: the sticky sociological imagination’, Sociological Review 60(S1): 124-138.
Webber, R. (2009) ‘Response to ‘The Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology’: An Outline of the Research Potential of administrative and transactional data’, Sociology, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 169-178.
Wellman, B. and Haythornthwaite, C. (eds) (2002) The Internet in Everyday Life Oxford: Blackwell.
Woolgar, S. (2002) Virtual Society? Technology, Cyberbole, Reality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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3 Responses to A short reading list on the topic ‘Digital by-product data and the social sciences’

  1. Great list David! Thanks.

  2. Darren Stevenson says:

    Nice current reading list for doing digital social science. Thanks for sharing.

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