What is Digital Sociology?
What is Digital Sociology?

The rise of digital technology is transforming the world we live in. 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 fast-changing nature of digital research methods and diversifying forms of digital scholarship to outline 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, exploring key topics such as digital race and digital labor.

Designed for use in graduate and advanced undergraduate 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.

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  • January 2019 (pb)
    December 2018 (hb)
  • 160 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents



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


About the Author
Neil Selwyn is Professor of Education at Monash University
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"This is an insightful and informative contribution to the burgeoning literature on digital sociology, recognising 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 and readable introduction to the emerging subfield of digital sociology, seeking to locate it 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

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