Pragmatic sociology and the digital worlds: towards an alternative laboratory
Francis Chateauraynaud and Josquin Debaz (GSPR – EHESS, Paris)
Read the first part of this text The challenges of a semantic and argumentative approach of corpus in the era of “big data”
The requirement for in-depth description and attentiveness to the details of action and argumentation is a constant driver in pragmatic investigations, which rely on a kind of reflexive accumulation of multiple cases. In our investigations, we have built up a collection of more than 50 corpora representing long run controversies on environmental issues.
This collective work seeks to build a convergence between:
- the exploration of large documentary networks,
- the construction of sociological models dealing with the ongoing evolution of actors and arguments,
- and the critical interpretation of contemporary processes by epistemic communities able to create anew kind of reflexivity on complex processes.
By allowing the dynamic interrogation of large evolutionary text databases, a semantic and argumentative approach helps us to redefine the relations between different ways of knowing1.Continuer la lecture
- Even if socio-Informatics has a particular history linked to the sociology of alerts and controversies, its efficiency has been shown in very different fields, as, among other applications, studies of social representations (Madiot, 2013).