Reframing sociological concepts for a brave new (virtual?) world

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The articles that make up this Sociological Inquiry feature emerged from the 1995 meetings of the American Sociological Association. The authors included in this issue were expressly solicited for a special session on "Technologically Generated Communities." The authors were asked to individually provide their own perspectives on the intersection of technology, community, and social action. My essay attempts to crystallize several key changes that the new communication technologies demand of conceptual frames long embraced by sociologists. In particular, the pages that follow propose some necessary adjustments to the ways in which sociologists formulate and apply three key analytic concepts: social interaction, social bonding, and empirical experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-58
Number of pages11
JournalSociological Inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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