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The SAGE Handbook of Digital Society

The SAGE Handbook of Digital Society

First Edition
Edited by:

December 2022 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This SAGE Handbook brings together cutting edge social scientific research and theoretical insight into the emerging contours of digital society. Chapters explore the relationship between digitisation, social organisation and social transformation at both the macro and micro level, making this a valuable resource for postgraduate students and academics conducting research across the social sciences.

The topics covered are impressively far-ranging and timely, including machine learning, social media, surveillance, misinformation, digital labour, and beyond. This innovative Handbook perfectly captures the state of the art of a field which is rapidly gaining cross-disciplinary interest and global importance, and establishes a thematic framework for future teaching and research.

Part 1: Theorising Digital Societies

Part 2: Researching Digital Societies

Part 3: Sociotechnical Systems and Disruptive Technologies in Action

Part 4: Digital Society and New Social Dilemmas

Part 5: Governance and Regulation

Part 6: Digital Futures

PART 1: Theorising Digital Societies
William Housley, Adam Edwards, Roser Benito-Montagut and Richard Fitzgerald
Chapter 1: The Emerging Contours of Digital Society: Remastering, Reconsideration, Reorientation and New Socio-Digital Domains
Massimo Ragnedda and Glenn W. Muschert
Chapter 2: Digital stratification: Class, status group, and party in the age of the Internet
Michael R. McGuire
Chapter 3: Crime, Control, and the Ambiguous Gifts of Digital Technology
Robin Smith
Chapter 4: Digital Mobilities and Digital Society
Maria José Brites and Rita Figueiras
Chapter 5: Disconnection and Digital Society: Perspectives on how Citizens Deal with Media Technology
PART 2: Researching Digital Societies
Rob Procter
Chapter 6: Developing Tools and Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Digital Social Research
Malcolm Williams, Charlotte Brookfield, Luke Sloan
Chapter 7: Quantitative Research Methods Teaching in a Digital Age
Dennis Leeftink and Daniel Angus
Chapter 8: The Research Stack: A Framework for Data-Driven Humanities and Social Science
Alexia Maddox
Chapter 9: Ethnography and Digital Society
Harry T Dyer and Crystal Abidin
Chapter 10: Understanding Identity and Platform Cultures
Gemma San Cornelio
Chapter 11: Instagram Aesthetics for Social Change: A Narrative Approach to Visual Activism on Instagram
Joanne Meredith
Chapter 12: Researching Digital Discourse and Interaction
Phillip Brooker and Michael Mair
Chapter 13: Researching Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence
PART 3: Sociotechnical Systems and Disruptive Technologies in Action
Axel Bruns
Chapter 14: Social Media Analytics: Boom and Bust?
Larissa Hjorth and Ingrid Richardson
Chapter 15: Games and Mediated Playful Practices
Shuaishuai Wang
Chapter 16: Algorithmic Configurations of Sexuality: Theoretical Foundations and Methodological Approaches
Mike Coliandris
Chapter 17: Drones as Disruptive Sociotechnical Systems: A Case Study of Drone Crime and Control
Andrés Domínguez Hernández
Chapter 18: The Internet of Things and New Frontiers of Datafication
PART 4: Digital Society and New Social Dilemmas
Pamela M. Hong and Fabio G. Rojas
Chapter 19: Digital Racism
Charlotte Nau
Chapter 20: Social Media, Gender and Online Discrimination
Emma Bond
Chapter 21: Online Safeguarding of Adults with an Intellectual Disability: How do we Ensure that Participation and Protection Rights are Adequately Met in Digital Society?
Gwyneth Peaty, Jordan Alice and Katie Ellis
Chapter 22: Clickbait in the Commodification of Sympathy: Disability, Inspiration Porn and the Possibilities for New Narratives
Sharon Meraz
Chapter 23: Political Communication in the Digital Age
PART 5: Governance and Regulation
Rik Peeters and Marc Schuilenburg
Chapter 24: Algorithmic Governance: Technology, Knowledge, and Power
Martin Innes, David Rogers, Nora Jansen and Viorica Budu
Chapter 25: Digital (Dis)information Operations and Misinformation Campaigns
Michael Levi
Chapter 26: Frauds in Digital Society
Philip Inglesant, Helena Webb, Carolyn Ten Holter, Menisha Patel, Marina Jirotka
Chapter 27: The Responsible Innovation of Disruptive Technologies
Ben Williamson
Chapter 28: Governing through Infrastructural Control: Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing in the Data-Intensive State
Adam Edwards, William Housley, Roser Beneito-Montagut and Richard Fitzgerald
Chapter 29: Freedom of Speech and Online Harm in Liberal Democracies: a Triadic Concept
PART 6: Digital Futures
Phillip Brown, Manuel Souto-Otero and Sahara Sadik
Chapter 30: Digital Transformation and the Future of Work
Stuart Reeves and Martin Porcheron
Chapter 31: Conversational AI: Respecifying Participation as Regulation
Neil Selwyn
Chapter 32: Critical Data Futures
Steve Fuller
Chapter 33: Mediating the Message in Digital Society

Digital technologies not only catalyse processes of social change, they also call forth new ways of understanding social phenomena. Resisting the temptation to focus on digital social research methods in isolation, this timely and highly original collection demonstrates how digital societies offer a unique opportunity to remaster classic sociological questions and to reorientate the study of social life. The individual contributions cover an impressive range of topics that cross disciplinary silos, scales of analysis, methodological approaches, and theoretical traditions. Together they make for essential reading on the dynamics of social problems and the contours of contemporary society.


Professor David M. Evans, ESRC Centre for Sociodigital Futures, University of Bristol UK

David M. Evans
University of Bristol

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