In 1962, Jurgen Habermas introduced the concept of “public sphere” in his book “The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere”. He defined the notion of the public as “events and occasions are ‘public’ when they are open to all, in contrast, to close or exclusive affairs” (Fuchs, 2014). According to Habermas, the public sphere is… Read More Habermas and Castells on Networks and Public Sphere
Source: TheCQL YouTube Social Capital is such a familiar concept for all of us. It’s just that when we learned to create our own “social capital”, we didn’t really know that there is a term that explains it. Since we were kids, we learned to make friends, be nice to neighbors, let our classmate borrow… Read More What is your Social Capital?
The assigned readings in last few weeks have helped me to understand public sociology from different perspectives. Public sociology is an indispensable field of sociology discipline which emphasizes extending the disciplinary boundaries and reaching beyond the academic institutions to engage with non-academic audiences. Traditionally, sociology as a discipline is often has a limited focus on… Read More Public Sociology: Engaging with Public
My blogging experience: When I enrolled in the graduate program at VCU in 2015, I found out that academic blogging will be one of the most crucial skills I will have to learn as it was a part of weekly assignments for all of my courses. Before writing my first blog, I started my research… Read More Digital Revolution in the Academy
Globally, each and every person is contributing to enormous big data to some extent when they leave their digital traces behind by using their digital devices, search engines, social media platforms, and interacting using their smartphones (Boyd & Crawford, 2012). In her Ted Talk, Susan Etlinger (2014) explains that this data is available in various… Read More SOCY691: Opportunities and Ethical Challenges of Big Data in Sociology
For this week’s case study, I am examining the article “Social media divide: characteristics of emerging adults who do not use social network websites” by Piotr Bobkowski and Jessica Smith. This article focuses on studying social media non-adopters, their characteristics, and their reasons for not adopting the emerging social media platforms. For this research, the… Read More Case Study- Mobile Media Attachments
The French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu introduced the concept of habitus which refers to a system of dispositions that influence an individual’s perception of the social world around them and the way they act. (Appelrouth & Edles, 2016). Bourdieu argued that through habitus an individual develops “point of view” from which an individual can interpret… Read More Habitus and Climate Change
Emile Durkheim was a French sociologist who studied how social forces and social structures shaped human behavior. He believed that social structures emerged through self-coordinated actions of the individuals (Witte & Mannon, 2010). Durkheim considered society to be ‘sui generis’. The literal meaning of Sui generis is unique and unlike anything else (Merriam-Webster). So,… Read More SOCY502- Society is ‘Sui Generis’