Social theory and the politics of big data and method

Frade, C ORCID: 2016, 'Social theory and the politics of big data and method' , Sociology, 50 (5) , pp. 863-877.

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This article is an intervention in the debate on big data. It seeks to show, firstly, that behind the wager to make sociology more relevant to the digital there lies a coherent if essentially unstated vision and a whole stance which are more a symptom of the current world than a resolute endeavour to think that world through; hence the conclusion that the perspective prevailing in the debate lacks both the theoretical grip and the practical impulse to initiate a much needed renewal of social theory and sociology. Secondly, and more importantly, the article expounds an alternative view and shows by thus doing that other possibilities of engaging the digital can be pursued. The article is thus an invitation to widen the debate on big data and the digital and a call for a more combative social theory.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0038-0385
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: C Frade
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:50

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