Public Sociology in the Age of Social Media


Journal Article

Copyright © American Political Science Association 2017. I informally examine how the idea of public sociology has been affected by the rise of social media. New social media platforms disintermediate communication, make people more visible, and encourage public life to be measured. They tend to move the discipline from a situation where some people self-consciously do public sociology to one where more sociologists unselfconsciously do sociology in public. I discuss the character of such latently public work, the opportunities and difficulties it creates for individuals, and its tendency to be associated with academic fields that believe in what they are doing.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Healy, K

Published Date

  • September 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 771 - 780

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1537-5927

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S1537592717000950

Citation Source

  • Scopus