D E B O R A H L U P T O N , F A C U L T Y O F A R T S &
D E S I G N , U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A N B E R R A
Sociological...
Digital media & tools I have used
 Personal blog (‘This Sociological Life’)
 Twitter (@DALupton)
 Pinterest
 Universit...
My online survey: what social media do academics use for
professional purposes?
 90% Twitter
 60 % LinkedIn
 49% Academ...
My survey: what do academics find most useful?
 83% Twitter
 23% Academia.edu
 16% personal blog
 14% Facebook
 14% L...
My survey: benefits of social media use
 Connecting/networking:
- serendipitous connections
- wide & global scale of netw...
My survey: drawbacks to using social media
 Possibility of exposure/ threats to reputation
 Need to be careful what you ...
Implications for academics
 The digital configuration of academic identities
 Practices of professional self-formation
...
Implications for academics
 Metric assemblages (Burrows)
 Audit culture (Holmwood)
 Neoliberalism & commercialisation o...
Implications for academics
 The open source academic (Carrigan) – thinking
aloud in public
 Performative scholarship (Ha...
Where to from here?
 More research!
 Specifically …. ethnographies of practice
 Interviews & observations of both acade...
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Sociological sensibility and the politics of digital engagement

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Paper presented at the British Sociological Association conference, Leeds, UK, 24 April 2014.

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Sociological sensibility and the politics of digital engagement

  1. 1. D E B O R A H L U P T O N , F A C U L T Y O F A R T S & D E S I G N , U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A N B E R R A Sociological sensibility and the politics of digital engagement
  2. 2. Digital media & tools I have used  Personal blog (‘This Sociological Life’)  Twitter (@DALupton)  Pinterest  University e-repository  LinkedIn, Academia.edu, ResearchGate  Scoop.it, Bundlr, Delicious, Pearltrees  Facebook  Google Scholar (personal profile)  Wikipedia  Storify  YouTube & podcasts  SlideShare  Prismatic  Mendeley
  3. 3. My online survey: what social media do academics use for professional purposes?  90% Twitter  60 % LinkedIn  49% Academia.edu  42% Facebook  33% ResearchGate  32% personal blog  25% YouTube
  4. 4. My survey: what do academics find most useful?  83% Twitter  23% Academia.edu  16% personal blog  14% Facebook  14% LinkedIn  11% online referencing tools  10% YouTube
  5. 5. My survey: benefits of social media use  Connecting/networking: - serendipitous connections - wide & global scale of networks - horizontal networks  Sharing resources  Enhancing teaching  Communicating with research participants  Keeping up-to-date with new publications, events  Professional support for ECRs & postgrads  Self-promotion
  6. 6. My survey: drawbacks to using social media  Possibility of exposure/ threats to reputation  Need to be careful what you say to keep/get an academic job  Loss of privacy  Blurring of personal/professional boundaries  Time constraints  Becoming a target  Ideas stolen  Too much self-promotion by others  Other academics’ negative attitudes to SM use
  7. 7. Implications for academics  The digital configuration of academic identities  Practices of professional self-formation  Changes to work practices – research & teaching
  8. 8. Implications for academics  Metric assemblages (Burrows)  Audit culture (Holmwood)  Neoliberalism & commercialisation of higher ed  Hidden injuries of time pressures (Gill)  Gaming academic performance: winners & losers
  9. 9. Implications for academics  The open source academic (Carrigan) – thinking aloud in public  Performative scholarship (Hall)  The academic gift economy – participatory democracy (Hall)  Digital public engagement as activism
  10. 10. Where to from here?  More research!  Specifically …. ethnographies of practice  Interviews & observations of both academic users and non-users
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