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The Social Power of Algorithms

David Beer



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14 August 2020
Communication studies; Media studies; Algorithms & data structures
The vast circulations of mobile devices, sensors and data mean that the social world is now defined by a complex interweaving of human and machine agency. Key to this is the growing power of algorithms - the decision-making parts of code - in our software dense and data rich environments. Algorithms can shape how we are retreated, what we know, who we connect with and what we encounter, and they present us with some important questions about how society operates and how we understand it.

This book offers a series of concepts, approaches and ideas for understanding the relations between algorithms and power. Each chapter provides a unique perspective on the integration of algorithms into the social world. As such, this book directly tackles some of the most important questions facing the social sciences today. This book was originally published as a special issue of Information, Communication & Society.
Edited by:   David Beer
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   308g
ISBN:   9780367592813
ISBN 10:   0367592819
Pages:   156
Publication Date:   14 August 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Beer is Reader in Sociology at the University of York, UK. He is the author of Metric Power (2016), Punk Sociology (2014), Popular Culture and New Media: The Politics of Circulation (2013), and New Media: The Key Concepts (2008, with Nicholas Gane).

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