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Read More: Digital Sociologies

In 2015, my colleagues (Jessie Daniels and Karen Gregory) and I organized a mini-conference on digital sociology in conjunction with the Eastern Sociological Society.

We received an impressive number of submissions, spanning methods, theory and subfields.

The response suggested that there are many sociologists interested in how technological change is shaped by and shapes core sociological processes like social movements, identity formation, racialization, gendering, institutionalization and more.

Digital Sociologies is an edited volume forthcoming from UK Policy Press that brings together chapters on sociological theory, method and praxis in the datalogical era. The book has a focus on inequalities.


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.

Jessie Daniels is professor in the Departments of Public Health, Psychology, and Sociology at the City University of New York. Karen Gregory is a lecturer in sociology in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the City College of New York and faculty head of the City College of New York’s CITY LAB. Tressie McMillan Cottom is professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and former fellow at the Microsoft Social Media Collective and the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis. She has written for the New York TimesWashington Post, and the Atlantic.


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