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Digital sociology

In this research group, we study how people's use of digital technology affects identities, institutions, behavior and social structures. We are interested in, for example, how social media, and other online environments and collaborative platforms are helping to change the conditions of politics, economy, knowledge and culture.

We are also working to develop interdisciplinary research methods to analyse the new forms of data generated and made possible by the digitialisation of society.

Examples of research questions

  • What role does the internet and social media play for how contemporary public opinion is formed, how distinctions between groups are established and maintained, and how movements are mobilised?
  • How, and with what consequences, can people organise themselves and challenge existing power structures by means of decentralised digital communication systems?
  • How, and by whom, is the production and flow of knowledge and values in the network society controlled?
  • How is formal and informal power expressed online?
  • In what ways are online and offline behaviours woven together in our everyday lives?
  • How can reciprocal and democratised creativity – so-called 'peer production' – challenge established and traditional social patterns?
  • How can social and participatory media be understood from a historical perspective?