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3250 - Social Theory and Social Data

Mon, August 12, 10:30am to 12:10pm, Sheraton New York, Floor: Lower Level, Chelsea

Session Submission Type: Paper Session 100min


Social theory has a productive but uneasy relationship with the data sources of its time. Theorists often of necessity go "beyond the data" as they make their arguments, but fruitful periods of theoretical innovation tend to coincide with the development of new tools for collecting and analyzing data. This session will explore the practical relationship between theory and data, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities facing social theory in an era often characterized by the scale, scope, and social character of data.

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