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Digitalization

This group brings together researchers whose studies in various ways concern sociological perspectives on digitization and digital information. These include, for example, research on surveillance through digital media including the employer's monitoring of employees and applicants on social media as well as security guards' and police officers' use of body cameras. The department's research is also interested in practices of "sousveillance" (surveillance from below or inverse surveillance) such as citizens' use of footage of the activities of authorities and corporations or the digital dissemination of information that was previously controlled by experts, such as digitized health records. The group is characterized by a wide range of areas of interest, which means that its members are also conducting studies on how new digital technologies are of importance for various types of jobs and work practices, for how meetings are conducted or how digital data is used for coordinating collective action such as social movements and citizen initiatives, as well as the dissemination of information through digital media and its significance for crime, political mobilization, and the like.

In this research field there is are also an ongoing discussion about innovative research methods for handling digital data for research. Scientists in the group use both qualitative and quantitative analyses of digital material, as well as observations of digitally enabled practitices and interviews on the use of digital data.

For more information please contact: Christoph Haug

Page Manager: Anders Östebo|Last update: 4/1/2019
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