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Humanist Archives: Sept. 1, 2021, 7:20 a.m. Humanist 35.207 - pubs: Sociological theory for digital society

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 207.
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        Date: 2021-09-01 06:04:23+00:00
        From:  ori schwarz <>
        Subject: New Book: Sociological Theory for Digital Society

Dear colleagues,

I'm happy to announce that my new book, Sociological Theory for 
Digital Society has just been published by Polity: .

About The Book 

The digital revolution has not only transformed multiple aspects 
of social life – it also shakes sociological theory, transforming the 
most basic assumptions that have underlain it. 

In this timely book, Ori Schwarz explores the main challenges digitalization 
poses to different strands of sociological theory and offers paths to 
adapt them to new social realities.

What would symbolic interactionism look like in a world where interaction
no longer takes place within bounded situations and is constantly
documented as durable digital objects? How should we understand new
digitally mediated forms of human association that bind our actions and
lives together but have little in common with old-time 'collectives'; and
why are they not simply ‘social networks’? How does social capital
transform when it is materialized in a digital form, and how does it
remould power structures? What happens to our conceptualization of power
when faced with the emergence of new forms of algorithmic power? And what
happens when labour departs from work? By posing and answering such
fascinating questions, and offering critical tools for both students and
scholars of social theory and digital society to engage with them, this
thought-provoking book draws the outline of future sociological theory for
our digital society. 

Table of Contents

1.      Introduction : Old disciplines, new times, revised theories

2.      When Interactions Become Objects:  Rethinking symbolic
         interactionism in the post-situational order

3.      When Networks Materialize:  Rethinking social ontology beyond the
         individual and the collective

4.      When Social Capital can be Invested:  Rethinking social capital

5.      When Power is Exercised through Algorithms:  Rethinking power under
         generative rulers

6.      When Labour is Everywhere:  Rethinking work in the era of workless

7.      Conclusion:  Sociological theory for the future

Prof. Ori Schwarz
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
and Center for Cultural Sociology
Bar-Ilan University
Author of Sociological Theory for Digital Society: The Codes that Bind Us
Together <> (Polity,

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