In Digital Society: An Interactionist Perspective, William Housley explores the ways interactionist thinking contributes to our understanding of current trends and topics within digital sociology. Drawing on a range of aligned approaches, concepts and empirical studies, he explores how notions of self and presentation, action and agency, practical reason and interaction are of fundamental importance to our understanding of some of the emerging contours of digital society; inclusive of big data, social media, the social life of methods, algorithmic culture, ‘artificial intelligence’ and the pivot to voice. In doing so, Housley aims to demonstrate the enduring relevance of work associated with Goffman, Garfinkel and Sacks in understanding everyday digital social life. The book provides a range of insights into how sociology and social science continues to draw upon interactionism and aligned traditions such as ethnomethodology in making sense of the Interaction Order 2.0 and beyond.
- Chapter 1: Introduction: We are Still Interactionists
- Chapter 2: Digital Society and Disruptive Technologies
- Chapter 3: Digital Society and Interaction
- Chapter 4: Digital Society, Ethnomethodology and Social Organisation
- Chapter 5: Digital Society and Mundane Civic Culture-in-Action
- Chapter 6: Digital Society and the Pivot to Voice
- Chapter 7: Conclusion: Reflections and Interactionist Futures