Live Sociology: Social Research & its Futures, Les Back

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The lecture draws on recent debates about empirical sociology’s methodological crisis that results from the emergence of sophisticated information-based capitalism and digital culture. Researchers face the challenge of “newly coordinated social reality” in which social relations and interconnections exist across time and space. However, this challenge co-exists with an unprecedented opportunity to use digital multi-media to re-imagine the craft of social research. In the face of these challenges it is argued that sociological craft needs to be invigorated by a renewed focus on its political purpose. Back argues for a live sociology, able to attend to the fleeting, distributed, multiple and sensory aspects of sociality through research techniques that are mobile, sensuous and operate from multiple vantage points. The lecture is based on his new book edited with Nirmal Puwar entitled Live Methods

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