Print Theories of Computer Societies: Introduction to the Digital Transformation of Social Theory

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 149, 119778, December 2019

12 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2020

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Harry Dahms

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Frank Welz

University of Innsbruck

Sandro Cattacin

University of Geneva

Date Written: December 12, 2019

Abstract

ICT and the increasing availability of digital data are dramatically changing the processes of research and knowledge production in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). Whereas the methodological momentum in digital humanities and computational social sciences is already immense, theory development in the SSH is much less dynamic and consists mainly of digital resurrections of the classics of our fields. The contributions to this virtual special issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change do, therefore, not constitute efforts at presenting new social theories of the digital transformation, but rather, efforts at digitally transforming social theory. This introduction presents an overview of the topic and the contributions and outlines key elements of a research agenda on the digital transformation of social theory.

Keywords: Digital transformation; social theory; digital theory; theory programmes

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen and Dahms, Harry and Welz, Frank and Cattacin, Sandro, Print Theories of Computer Societies: Introduction to the Digital Transformation of Social Theory (December 12, 2019). Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 149, 119778, December 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3536263

Steffen Roth (Contact Author)

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Harry Dahms

University of Tennessee, Knoxville ( email )

The Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research
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United States

Frank Welz

University of Innsbruck ( email )

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Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020
Austria

Sandro Cattacin

University of Geneva ( email )

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Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

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