Sociology of The Internet

The sociology of the Internet involves the application of sociological theory and method to the Internet as a source of information and communication. Sociologists are concerned with the social implications of the technology; new social networks, virtual communities and ways of interaction that have arisen, as well as issues related to cyber crime.

The Internet—the newest in a series of major information breakthroughs—is of interest for sociologists in various ways: as a tool for research, for example, in using online questionnaires instead of paper ones, as a discussion platform, and as a research topic. The sociology of the Internet in the stricter sense concerns the analysis of online communities (e.g. as found in newsgroups), virtual communities and virtual worlds, organizational change catalyzed through new media such as the Internet, and social change at-large in the transformation from industrial to informational society (or to information society). Online communities can be studied statistically through network analysis and at the same time interpreted qualitatively, such as through virtual ethnography. Social change can be studied through statistical demographics or through the interpretation of changing messages and symbols in online media studies.

Read more about Sociology Of The Internet:  Emergence of The Discipline, Research Trends, Social Impact, See Also

Other articles related to "sociology, sociology of the internet, internet, sociology of":

Sociological Terms
... Sociology is the scientific study of human society and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions ... The traditional focuses of sociology include social stratification, social class, culture, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social mobility ... between social structure and individual agency, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to further subjects, such as health, medical, military and ...
Sociology Of The Internet - See Also
... Freedom of speech portal Internet portal Anthropology of cyberspace Censorship Cyber-dissident Political repression of cyber-dissidents Reporters sans ...
Sociological Terms - Scope and Topics - Literature
... Sociology of literature is a subfield of sociology of culture ... None of the founding fathers of sociology produced a detailed study of literature, but they did develop ideas that were subsequently applied to literature by others ... Durkheim's view of sociology as the study of externally-defined social facts was redirected towards literature by Robert Escarpit ...
Sociology - Journals
... The most highly ranked journals in the field of general sociology are Sociological Perspectives, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of ...

Famous quotes containing the words sociology of and/or sociology:

    Parenting, as an unpaid occupation outside the world of public power, entails lower status, less power, and less control of resources than paid work.
    Nancy Chodorow, U.S. professor, and sociologist. The Reproduction of Mothering Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender, ch. 2 (1978)

    Parenting, as an unpaid occupation outside the world of public power, entails lower status, less power, and less control of resources than paid work.
    Nancy Chodorow, U.S. professor, and sociologist. The Reproduction of Mothering Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender, ch. 2 (1978)