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The Public and Their Platforms

Public Sociology in an Era of Social Media

By Mark Carrigan and Lambros Fatsis

Published

Jun 9, 2021

Page count

256 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201079

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 9, 2021

Page count

256 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201055

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 9, 2021

Page count

256 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201086

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 9, 2021

Page count

256 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201086

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The Public and Their Platforms

As social media is increasingly becoming a standard feature of sociological practice, this timely book rethinks the role of these mediums in public sociology and what they can contribute to the discipline in the post-COVID world.

It reconsiders the history and current conceptualizations of what sociology is, and analyzes what kinds of social life emerge in and through the interactions between ‘intellectuals’, ‘publics’ and ‘platforms’ of communication.

Cutting across multiple disciplines, this pioneering work envisions a new kind of public sociology that brings together the digital and the physical to create public spaces where critical scholarship and active civic engagement can meet in a mutually reinforcing way.

“Published in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this timely book argues that contemporary interactions between sociology, publics and social media platforms demand a new understanding of public sociology.” LSE Review of Books

"Carrigan and Fatsis dissect the notion of public sociology, and then deftly put it together again. In the process, they present a new vision for public sociology that both honours its past and reimagines its futures." Deborah Lupton, UNSW Sydney

"The authors set out a well-tempered sociology to negotiate the new spaces and media of public discussion. The book is both exhortation and manual, a platform for a new public sociology." John Holmwood, University of Nottingham

Mark Carrigan is Research Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.

Lambros Fatsis is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Brighton.

Introduction

Chapter 1. Defining ‘the Public’

Chapter 2. The History of Platforms

Chapter 3. Between Publics and Platforms

Chapter 4. Sociology and its Platforms

Chapter 5. The Past, Present, and Future of Public Sociology

Chapter 6. Making Sociology Public

Chapter 7. Making Platforms Public

Chapter 8. Assembling Public Sociology