Data Visualization in Sociology.


Journal Article

Visualizing data is central to social scientific work. Despite a promising early beginning, sociology has lagged in the use of visual tools. We review the history and current state of visualization in sociology. Using examples throughout, we discuss recent developments in ways of seeing raw data and presenting the results of statistical modeling. We make a general distinction between those methods and tools designed to help explore datasets, and those designed to help present results to others. We argue that recent advances should be seen as part of a broader shift towards easier sharing of the code and data both between researchers and with wider publics, and encourage practitioners and publishers to work toward a higher and more consistent standard for the graphical display of sociological insights.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Healy, K; Moody, J

Published Date

  • July 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 /

Start / End Page

  • 105 - 128

PubMed ID

  • 25342872

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25342872

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0360-0572

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/annurev-soc-071312-145551


  • eng