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The Public and Their Platforms

Public Sociology in an Era of Social Media

By Mark Carrigan and Lambros Fatsis

Published

1 Mar 2021

Page count

208 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201079

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Mar 2021

Page count

208 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201055

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Mar 2021

Page count

208 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201086

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    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 conceptualisations of what sociology is, and analyse 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.

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

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

    Section I: Publics and Platforms

    The History of “the Public”

    The History of Platforms

    The Social Life between Publics and Platforms

    Section II: The Public Life of Sociology

    Sociology and its Publics

    Sociology and its Platforms

    The Past, Present, and Future of Public Sociology

    Section III: (Digital) Public Sociology as an Assembling Device

    Making Sociology Public

    Making Platforms Public

    Assembling (Digital) Public Sociology