15th Annual International Conference on Sociology
|Emerging Trends in Social Research Methods|
Dr. Felice Addeo, Associate Professor, University of Salerno, Italy.
Dr. Angela Delli Paoli, Adjunct Professor, University of Salerno, Italy.
The session aims to discuss current developments in social research methods. Presentations can cover a broad range of topics related to recent methodological trends, from innovations in traditional methods to the e-methods and online research methodology. The focus will be on the whole research process: from data collection, generation, curation and storage to data analysis and data output and access. Contributions on the methodological challenge – how we can develop insightful research questions from the vast quantities and varieties of data – are welcome.
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|The Social Dilemma: The Challenges of Doing Research on and with Social Media|
Dr. Gabriella Punziano, Assistant Professor, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
All the main activities through which we share emotions, preferences, orientations, interests, tastes could be performed online and the social platforms are the nodal points that make this possible. All our online activities could generate some sort of data and all the social platforms that help us to perform these activities are also those who create and own these data. And they use this data to know more about us than we know ourselves. The Netflix docufilm “The Social Dilemma” quotes the famous sentence “If you don’t pay for a product, then you are the product”, a lesson the Grimm brothers taught us in the 1700s, with the Rumpelstiltskin’s fairy tale. Then a question arises: if it is so clear that the data collected by these social platforms, by which they profile browsing experiences tailored to our preferences, are also the basis through which they try to orient users’ preferences by implementing mechanisms of manipulation and psychological induction, then how valid/useful is it to use data from social platforms to study individual behavior and social change for the purposes of social research? How can we adequately problematize this aspect and work away from the influences that the processes of manipulation of the user as a product put in place? This symposium welcomes contributions that develop theoretical reasoning or empirical evidence on these issues to be used as a collective basis to start a new and deeper reasoning on these topics. Academics and researchers from all areas of social sciences (politics, sociology, economics, cultural studies, media studies, etc.) are more than welcome to contribute to this symposium.
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