@DALupton

DIGITAL SOCIOLOGY:
BEYOND THE DIGITAL TO THE
SOCIOLOGICAL
Deborah Lupton
Department of Sociology and Social Pol...
@DALupton

Before digital sociology …
• Cybersociology
• E-sociology
• Sociology of cyberspace
• Sociology of ICTs
• Socio...
@DALupton

Why ‘digital sociology’?
• Acknowledges recent focus away from ‘the cyber’ to ‘the

digital’
• Responds to term...
@DALupton

Beyond the digital to the sociological…
• Life is digital → social life is digital → ‘the social’ is digital
• ...
@DALupton

Beyond the digital to the sociological
• Digital tech contribute to concepts of selfhood, identity and

embodim...
@DALupton
@DALupton

The four dimensions of digital sociology
• Professional digital practice: using digital media tools

for sociol...
@DALupton

Final thoughts …
• Digital sociology offers valuable insights to and on our

thoroughly digitised world
• Can p...
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Digital Sociology: Beyond the Digital to the Sociological

  1. 1. @DALupton DIGITAL SOCIOLOGY: BEYOND THE DIGITAL TO THE SOCIOLOGICAL Deborah Lupton Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney Twitter: @DALupton Blog: This Sociological Life
  2. 2. @DALupton Before digital sociology … • Cybersociology • E-sociology • Sociology of cyberspace • Sociology of ICTs • Sociology of online communities • Internet studies • New media studies • Sociology of the internet Digital sociology is all this and more!
  3. 3. @DALupton Why ‘digital sociology’? • Acknowledges recent focus away from ‘the cyber’ to ‘the digital’ • Responds to terminology of other sub-disciplines: digital humanities, digital anthropology, digital cultures, digital geography • Incorporates all things digital • Signals focus on ‘Web 2.0’ and ‘Web 3.0’ technologies
  4. 4. @DALupton Beyond the digital to the sociological… • Life is digital → social life is digital → ‘the social’ is digital • Digital use/non-use involves all the usual suspects: gender, age, class, income, education, race/ethnicity, culture, geographical location • Digital tech now imbricated into all social institutions: the economy, the mass media, the workplace, education, the family, the healthcare system
  5. 5. @DALupton Beyond the digital to the sociological • Digital tech contribute to concepts of selfhood, identity and embodiment • Digital tech involved in new forms of power relations • Digital tech offer new and inventive ways of practising and teaching sociology and disseminating research • Academics are now ‘digitised’, whether we like it or not! We now cannot practice as sociologists without using, theorising and researching digital technologies
  6. 6. @DALupton
  7. 7. @DALupton The four dimensions of digital sociology • Professional digital practice: using digital media tools for sociological work • Sociological analyses of digital media use: researching how and why people use digital tech • Digital data analysis: using digital data for social research, either quantitative or qualitative; and • Critical digital sociology: undertaking reflexive and critical analysis of digital media tech.
  8. 8. @DALupton Final thoughts … • Digital sociology offers valuable insights to and on our thoroughly digitised world • Can provide a counter-foil and complement to reductionist tendencies of big data and data science • A critical, reflexive and complex stance on the digital is sorely needed – we can provide it • Helps us move from ‘dead sociology’ to ‘live sociology’

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