Reassembling Sociology: Digital Turn and Searching for New Theoretical Optics

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Associate Professor
Affiliation: St. Petersburg State University
Address: Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 11

With the growth of the methodological possibilities of research using digital data in sociology, there is a need for theoretical model corresponding to digital research tools. The aim of the article is to reconstruct possible theoretical optics for sociology from the point of view of the more effective use of digital methods and data analytical potential. The article attempts to outline such a theoretical model corresponding to digital research tools. Based on the thesis about the dependence of theories on methodological research tools, the idea of turning digital traces into an independent object of social research is developed. The concept of replications, proposed by the French sociologist Dominique Boullier and rooted in the sociology of Gabriel Tarde, is viewed as a promising theoretical framework for conceptualizing digital traces. The theoretical optics of digital traces as replications is interpreted as the basis for rethinking the micro-macro problem.

Keywordsdigital data, digital traces, sociological theory, structure, replications, actor-network theory, Tarde, Latour
AcknowledgmentThe paper is funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project 19-011-00905 A).
Publication date22.12.2021
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