Habermas and Castells on Networks and Public Sphere

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

Public Sociology: Engaging with Public

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

SOCY691: Opportunities and Ethical Challenges of Big Data in Sociology

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

Case Study- Mobile Media Attachments

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

SOCY502- Society is ‘Sui Generis’

  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’