Focusing on practical or ‘usable theory,’ it surveys the challenges and opportunities of conducting social science in the information age, as well as the theoretical solutions that sociologists have developed and applied over the last two decades. With specific attention to three theoretical approaches in digital social research - critical theory, forensic theory and Bourdieusian theory - the author provides an overview of the history and main tenets of each, surveys its use in sociological research, and evaluates its successes and limitations. .
Part 1: Introduction
1. A Crisis in Theory?
2. The Sociology of the Digital
3. Computational Sociology and Big Data Analysis
Part 2: Theoretical Innovations
4. Critical Information Theory
5. Forensic Social Science
6. Bourdieusian Theory
Part 3: Conclusions
7. A More Continuous Sociology