29.2878, Books: Durkheim and the Internet: Blommaert

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Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:00:03
From: Lianna Iwanikiw [lianna.iwanikiw at bloomsbury.com]
Subject: Durkheim and the Internet: Blommaert


Title: Durkheim and the Internet 
Subtitle: On Sociolinguistics and the Sociological Imagination 
Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

Book URL: https://www.bloomsbury.com/durkheim-and-the-internet-9781350055186/ 

Author: Jan Blommaert

Electronic: ISBN:  9781350055209 Pages: 136 Price: U.K. £ 14.99 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN:  9781350055216 Pages: 136 Price: U.K. £ 14.99 Comment: ePDF
Hardback: ISBN:  9781350055193 Pages: 136 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9781350055186 Pages: 136 Price: U.K. £ 14.99


Sociolinguistic evidence is an undervalued resource for social theory. In this
book, Jan Blommaert uses contemporary sociolinguistic insights to develop a
new sociological imagination, exploring how we construct and operate in online
spaces, and what the implications of this are for offline social practice.
Taking Émile Durkheim's concept of the 'social fact' (social behaviours that
we all undertake under the influence of the society we live in) as the point
of departure, he first demonstrates how the facts of language and social
interaction can be used as conclusive refutations of individualistic theories
of society such as 'Rational Choice'. Next, he engages with theorizing the
post-Durkheimian social world in which we currently live. This new social
world operates 'offline' as well as 'online' and is characterized by
'vernacular globalization', Arjun Appadurai's term to summarise the ways that
larger processes of modernity are locally performed through new electronic
media. Blommaert extrapolates from this rich concept to consider how our
communication practices might offer a template for thinking about how we
operate socially. Above all, he explores the relationship between
sociolinguistics and social practice.

In "Durkheim and the Internet", Blommaert proposes new theories of social
norms, social action, identity, social groups, integration, social structure
and power, all of them animated by a deep understanding of language and social
interaction. In drawing on Durkheim and other classical sociologists including
Simmel and Goffman, this book is relevant to students and researchers working
in sociolinguistics as well as offering a wealth of new insights to scholars
in the fields of digital and online communications, social media, sociology,
and digital anthropology.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                     Linguistic Theories

Written In: English  (eng)

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