Research Handbook on Digital Sociology


Research Handbook on Digital Sociology

9781789906752 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jan Skopek, Associate Professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78990 675 2 Extent: 492 pp
Exploring the social implications of digital transformation, as well as demonstrating how we might use digital transformation to further sociological knowledge, this incisive Handbook provides an extensive overview of cutting-edge research on the digital turn of modern society.

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Exploring the social implications of digital transformation, as well as demonstrating how we might use digital transformation to further sociological knowledge, this incisive Handbook provides an extensive overview of cutting-edge research on the digital turn of modern society.

Bringing together contributions from more than 60 experts spanning a wide range of disciplines, Jan Skopek explores how digital technologies inextricably permeate the ways we go about our everyday lives, from how we seek information and carry out economic transactions to how we construct our identities and pursue and maintain social relationships. Chapters investigate timely issues related to social theory and social research in the digital age, including the study of online behaviour, digital social inequalities, and the micro- and macro-level consequences of digital technological change. Covering state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in digital sociology, this Research Handbook serves as a comprehensive resource for teaching and research in a continually developing field.

Cross-disciplinary in scope, this dynamic Research Handbook will be essential reading for a diverse audience of academics, researchers, students, and practitioners, particularly in the fields of sociology, demography, computer and information sciences, economics, business, and psychology.
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‘This Handbook provides a rich and wide range of research using digital tools and approaches. The chapters cover a variety of domains and provide an excellent overview of the state of the art in the field.’
– Ralph Schroeder, University of Oxford, UK

‘As new digital technologies emerge and are taken into social worlds, so too, digital sociology is dynamic, changing over time. This comprehensive Handbook brings together a wide array of researchers, not only from sociology but also from cognate research areas, to ponder and work through how digital sociology might be practised today. There is much in this book to awaken the interest of academics and students; both those who are new to digital sociology and those looking to expand their horizons.’
– Deborah Lupton, University of New South Wales, Australia
Contributors: Aliakbar Akbaritabar, Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, Cassandra Alexopoulos, Christine Anderl, Lea Baumann, Birgit Becker, Melissa Bohnert, Johannes Breuer, Elinor Carmi, Seyma Celik, Maureen A. Coyle, Marcel Das, Werner Eichhorst, Tom Emery, Lukas Erhard, Thomas Feliciani, Sofia Gil-Clavel, Carlos J. Gil-Hernández, Pablo Gracia, André Grow, Raphael H. Heiberger, Stephan Heuberger, Andreas Jungherr, Ridhi Kashyap, Florian Keusch, Jisu Kim, Julius Klingelhoefer, Julian Kohne, Thomas Kruppe, Julia Lang, Alexandra N. Langmeyer, Douglas R. Leasure, Eleanor Lockley, Sophie Lohmann, Pablo Lucas, José-Luis Martínez-Cantos, Adrian Meier, M. Rohangis Mohseni, Thorsten Naab, Daniela V. Negraia, Giampiero Passaretta, Daniela Perrotta, Oliver Posegga, Gina Potarca, Wojtek Przepiorka, Francesco Rampazzo, R. Gordon Rinderknecht, Julia Sauter, Gemma Scalise, Carsten Schwemmer, Jan Skopek, Bella Struminskaya, Chia-Jung Tsai, Saïd Unger, Sonja Utz, Mark D. Verhagen, Pu Yan, Simeon Yates, Emilio Zagheni, Claudia Zerle-Elsäßer, Xinyi Zhao

1 Introduction and overview to the Research Handbook on Digital Sociology 2
Jan Skopek
2 Social theory and the internet in everyday life 23
Pu Yan

3 Digital and computational demography 47
Ridhi Kashyap and R. Gordon Rinderknecht, with Aliakbar Akbaritabar,
Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, Sofia Gil-Clavel, André Grow, Jisu Kim, Douglas R.
Leasure, Sophie Lohmann, Daniela V. Negraia, Daniela Perrotta, Francesco
Rampazzo, Chia-Jung Tsai, Mark D. Verhagen, Emilio Zagheni, and Xinyi Zhao
4 Digital technologies and the future of social surveys 86
Marcel Das and Tom Emery
5 Mobile devices and the collection of social research data 100
Bella Struminskaya and Florian Keusch
6 Unlocking big data: at the crossroads of computer science and the social
sciences 114
Oliver Posegga
7 Regression and machine learning 129
Lukas Erhard and Raphael Heiberger
8 Investigating social phenomena with agent-based models 145
Pablo Lucas and Thomas Feliciani
9 Inclusive digital focus groups: lessons from working with citizens with
limited digital literacies 160
Elinor Carmi, Eleanor Lockley, and Simeon Yates

10 Social networking site use in professional contexts 178
Christine Anderl, Lea Baumann, and Sonja Utz
11 Online dating and relationship formation 194
Maureen Coyle and Cassandra Alexopoulos
12 Studying mate choice using digital trace data from online dating 210
Jan Skopek
13 Testing sociological theories with digital trace data from online markets 241
Wojtek Przepiorka
14 Using YouTube data for social science research 258
Johannes Breuer, Julian Kohne, and M. Rohangis Mohseni
15 Automated image analysis for studying online behaviour 278
Carsten Schwemmer, Saïd Unger, and Raphael Heiberger

16 Social disparities in adolescents’ educational ICT use at home: how
digital and educational inequalities interact 293
Birgit Becker
17 The early roots of the digital divide: socioeconomic inequality in
children’s ICT literacy from primary to secondary schooling 307
Giampiero Passaretta and Carlos J. Gil-Hernández
18 Digital inequalities and adolescent mental health: the role of
socioeconomic background, gender, and national context 328
Pablo Gracia, Melissa Bohnert, and Seyma Celik
19 The gender gap in digital skills in cross-national perspective 348
José-Luis Martínez-Cantos

20 Doing family in the digital age 365
Claudia Zerle-Elsäßer, Alexandra N. Langmeyer, Thorsten Naab, and
Stephan Heuberger
21 The mental health cost of swiping: is dating app use linked to greater
stress and depressive symptoms? 379
Gina Potarca and Julia Sauter
22 Social media and well-being at work, at home, and in-between: a review 398
Julius Klingelhoefer and Adrian Meier
23 The digital transition of the economy and its consequences for the
labour market 419
Werner Eichhorst and Gemma Scalise
24 Further training in the context of the digital transformation 433
Thomas Kruppe and Julia Lang
25 Digital campaigning: how digital media change the work of parties and
campaign organizations and impact elections
Research handbook on digital sociology 446
Andreas Jungherr

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