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Understanding Digital Societies

Understanding Digital Societies

First Edition
Edited by:

April 2021 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding Digital Societies provides a framework for understanding our changing, technologically shaped society and how sociology can help us make sense of it. You will be introduced to core sociological ideas and texts along with exciting global examples that shed light on how we can use sociology to understand the world around us.

This innovative, new textbook:
  • Provides unique insights into using theory to help explain the prevalence of digital objects in everyday interactions.
  • Explores crucial relationships between humans, machines and emerging AI technologies.
  • Discusses thought-provoking contemporary issues such as the uses and abuses of technologies in local and global communities.

Understanding Digital Societies is a must-read for undergraduate students of digital sociology, sociology of media, digital media and society, and other related fields.

Part 1: Everyday Life and The Digital
Jessamy Perriam
Chapter 1: The Digital Sociological Imagination
Jessamy Perriam
Chapter 2: The Presentation of Self in Digital Spaces
Part 2: Society, Technology, Citizens and Cities
Liz McFall and Darren Umney
Chapter 3: Planning the Cities of the Future
Marie Gillespie and Rhys Crilley
Chapter 4: Migration, Diaspora and Transnationalism in the Digital Age
Umut Erel and John Maiden
Chapter 5: Transnational Digital Networks: families and religion
Part 3: Humans and Machines
Simon Carter
Chapter 6: Autonomous Digital Objects: between humans and machines
Paul-Francois Tremlett
Chapter 7: Freedom, Fetishes and cyborgs
Simon Carter
Chapter 8: Health and Digital Technologies: the case of walking and cycling
Part 4: Uses and Abuses of the Digital
Jessamy Perriam and Simon Carter
Chapter 9: Material Digital Technologies
David Robertson
Chapter 10: Disinformation, ‘fake news’ and Conspiracies
Jessamy Perriam and Simon Carter
Chapter 11: Cybersecurity, Digital Failure and Social Harm
Peter Redman
Chapter 12: Too Much, Too Young? Social media, moral panics and young people’s mental health
Simon Carter and Jessamy Perriam
Chapter 13: Algorithms

Discusses thought-provoking and crucial relationships between humans, machines and emerging AI technologies.

Mr David Watkins
South Wales Business School, University of South Wales
January 12, 2024

Great as an additional source of information and to support core text materials.

Miss Tracy Smith
The Business School (Canterbury), Canterbury Christ Church University
June 30, 2022