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The digitalization of the social situation : a sociological exploratory experiment

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REICHMANN, Werner, 2019. The digitalization of the social situation : a sociological exploratory experiment. In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie. 44(Supplement 1), pp. 237-255. ISSN 1011-0070. eISSN 1862-2585. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s11614-019-00355-2

@article{Reichmann2019-06digit-46331, title={The digitalization of the social situation : a sociological exploratory experiment}, year={2019}, doi={10.1007/s11614-019-00355-2}, number={Supplement 1}, volume={44}, issn={1011-0070}, journal={Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie}, pages={237--255}, author={Reichmann, Werner} }

The digitalization of the social situation : a sociological exploratory experiment eng 2019-07-11T13:13:55Z Reichmann, Werner Reichmann, Werner Technological developments in the field of digital media have significantly transformed social interaction on many levels. These changes challenge micro-sociological research because some of its concepts and assumptions are no longer able to adequately reflect empirical reality. One of the fundamental micro-sociological units, the “social situation”, has expanded in many respects and its interaction order has undergone substantial changes. While Erving Goffman assumed a “body-to-body” starting point in social situations and defined them as environments where individuals find themselves accessible to the naked senses of all others who are bodily co-present, recent technological developments fundamentally challenge this classic definition as interaction situations are increasingly digitally mediated.<br /><br />In this paper, I use Karin Knorr Cetina’s concept of the “synthetic situation” to take these new developments into account and re-conceptualize the social situation. To analyze the differences between Goffman’s notion of the social situation and the technology-laden synthetic situation, I use an innovative exploratory experimental setup. I present two dimensions of the differences compared to Goffman’s concept: the dynamisation of the synthetic situation and the manifold situational influences of “synthetic actors”. Die Digitalisierung der Sozialen Situation : ein soziologisches Experiment 2019-06 2019-07-11T13:13:55Z

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