Afterword: Digital Technology and Sociological Windows
It seems that the sociologies of education and health in the ‘digital age’ don’t really ask us to do much ‘re-thinking’ — at least not of sociology itself. While both chapters offer a critical rethinking of technology, they do so via a fairly traditional deployment of the canons of sociological critique — examining the contingent (messy), inequitable, and non-determinate nature of e-technologies while recognising that these same technologies offer new media through which conventional boundaries and hierarchies might be displaced or at least challenged and short-circuited. Both chapters also emphasise the resilience of structural and cultural processes through which social advantage and power are distributed and only partly reconfigured through the democratising possibilities of the digital.
KeywordsDigital Technology Normalisation Process Theory Social Geography Virtual Society Constructive Technology Assessment
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