"Reassembling Sociology": The Digital Turn and the Search for New Theoretical Optics

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Affiliation: Saint Petersburg State University
Address: Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 11

With the growing methodological possibilities of research in sociology using digital data, there is a need for theoretical models corresponding to digital research tools. The article shows the construction of a possible theoretical optics of sociology in order to use the analytical potential of digital methods and data to the fullest extent possible. An attempt is made to outline the contours of a theoretical model corresponding to digital research tools. Based on the thesis that theories depend on the methodological tools of the researcher, the idea of making digital footprints a standalone subject of social research is developed. The concept of replications proposed by D. Boullier, the French sociologist, and traced back to the sociology of G. Tarde is considered as a promising theoretical framework for conceptualizing digital footprints. The theoretical optics of digital footprints as replications is interpreted as a basis for rethinking the problem of micro- and macro-level connections in sociology.

Keywordsdigital data, digital footprints, sociological theory, structure, replications, actor network theory, G. Tarde, B. Latour
AcknowledgmentThis article is a translation of: Дудина В.И. «Пересборка социологии»: цифровой поворот и поиски новой теоретической оптики // Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniia. 2021. No 11: 3–11. DOI: 10.31857/S013216250016829-4. The original research was conducted under the sponsorship of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project No. 1901100905 A.
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