“Reassembling Sociology”: Digital Turn and Searching for New Theoretical Optics

“Reassembling Sociology”:
Digital Turn and Searching for New Theoretical Optics

Dudina V.I.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Assoc. Prof., Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia viktoria_dudina@mail.ru

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The paper is funded by RFBR, project No. 19-011-00905 A.

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Dudina V.I. “Reassembling Sociology”: Digital Turn and Searching for New Theoretical Optics. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2021. No 11. P. 3-11


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.

digital data; digital traces; sociological theory; structure; replications; actor-network theory; Tarde; Latour


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