Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447329015 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447329008 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Digital Sociologies

Edited by Jessie Daniels, Karen Gregory, and Tressie McMillan Cottom

Digital Sociologies

Edited by Jessie Daniels, Karen Gregory, and Tressie McMillan Cottom

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

520 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447329015 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447329008 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
This handbook offers a much-needed overview of the rapidly growing field of digital sociology. Rooted in a critical understanding of inequality as foundational to digital sociology, it connects digital media technologies to traditional areas of study in sociology, such as labor, culture, education, race, class, and gender. It covers a wide variety of topics, including web analytics, wearable technologies, social media analysis, and digital labor. The result is a benchmark volume that places the digital squarely at the forefront of contemporary investigations of the social.
Review Quotes
Sarah Mirk | Bitch Media
“Really interesting.”
J. R. Mitrano, Central Connecticut State University | Choice
“In this rather eclectic collection of 29 chapters from 35 authors, the editors attempt to bring to light the potential contributions that sociology may offer to understanding the digital world in which humans now exist. More broadly, however, this is a clarion call to the discipline of sociology to reassert itself as a leader in developing methods to study human lived experience and reexamine its scholarly review processes. The editors warn of wholesale ‘poaching’ of classically trained young sociologists by other academic departments more fully addressing digital existence, and make a strong, impassioned plea for sociology to develop this sub-discipline further—and faster—if it is to remain relevant. This book is a fine first step in addressing these articulated concerns and in laying a framework for areas of future contribution, especially in how structures, institutions, and everyday micro-level interactions are being transformed—and transforming—human existence. Highly recommended.”
Dave O'Brien | New Books Network
“A wealth of scholarship to explore the challenge of digital. The book engages with a range of theoretical questions, including challenging the digital/traditional sociology binary, the role of institutions, digital’s impact on eduction, the racialized practices of Twitch, the meaning of motherhood, the quantified self, the question of the body, and the digital sociological imagination. The eclectic range of scholars, offering perspectives from across the academic life course and deploying examples from across the world, create an important intervention into our understanding of this emerging, and perhaps as a result of this book, established, field of study. Ultimately the book is a call for a new community of scholars to engage with this most important element of contemporary life.”
Joe Feagin, Texas A & M University, former president of the American Sociological Association
“In this cutting-edge book, innovative scholars with an impressive array of sociological perspectives probe major dimensions of our increasingly pervasive digital world. . . . A book for all concerned about the digital revolution and the future of global democracy.”
Emma Bond, University of Suffolk
“An in-depth conceptual analysis of everyday life—an invaluable and essential contribution—I highly recommend it.”
John Holmwood, University of Nottingham
“An exciting volume of essays addressing new digital sociologies. . . . Timely and engaging and confront[ing] more conventional sociologies with a new upstart in the field.”
David Beer, University of York
“A comprehensive account of the digital sociology project whose scope is startling in its ambition and which shows how the digital has implications for nearly all sociological topics, questions, and problems.”
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