We talk often and a lot at DELab about the effects of the digital revolution. For more on this, see our recent reports: automation of work, technological trends that will shape public policies or the impact of pandemics. But how to study these phenomena? In the latest episode of the podcast we lean into social research methodology.
How to study society when we are increasingly moving our social life into the virtual sphere, where to get data from and how to analyse it is discussed by Prof. Sławomir Mandes ( Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw), lecturer, theoretician, practitioner and sociologist of religion, who answers Dr. Justyna Pokojska’s questions about:
- social research methodology at a time of increased digitisation, and how much remains of the traditional sociology we teach students,
- the challenges and opportunities facing researchers conducting analysis with the help of digital tools,
- the effects of errors (including machine errors) in data processing and analysis,
- representativeness of online surveys and how to deal with it,
- corpus-based research, which has been revolutionised by the emergence of the web,
- the practical application of digital analytics and how data science technologies have facilitated research,
- the challenges facing sociology in the digital age.