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Abstract: Recent years have seen a stand-off between the proponents of big data analytics, using new forms of digital data to make computational and statistical claims about 'the social', and many sociologists who are sceptical about the value of big data, its associated methods and the claims to knowledge that are made. We seek to move beyond this, taking inspiration from a highly successful mode of argumentation pursued by Putnam (2000), Wilkinson and Pickett (2009) and Piketty (2014) that we label 'symphonic social science'. This bears both striking similarities and significant differences to the big data paradigm and – as such – offers the potential to do big data analytics differently. This offers considerable advantages to those already working with big data – for whom the difficulties of making useful and sustainable claims about the social are increasingly apparent – and put the sociologists in a position to shape big data analytics for the future.
Chair: Tim Strangleman
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LocationSeminar Room 2,