Review: Gerald Beck (2013). Sichtbare Soziologie. Visualisierung und soziologische Wissenschaftskommunikation in der Zweiten Moderne [Visible Sociology. Visualization and Socio-Scientific Communication in the Second Modernity]

  • Axel Philipps Leibniz Universität Hannover
Keywords: science studies, sociology of science, sociology, visualization, visual analysis

Abstract

Visualizations of knowledge are little used within the field of sociology. In his book "Visible Sociology," Gerald BECK seeks to understand the relationship between sociology and visualizations, to identify related problem areas, and to increase the awareness for the work with visualizations. To do so, he examines nine cases of appropriate and less appropriate visualizations in the context of the Second Modernity. However, his approach fails to consider important aspects of the relation between sociology and pictures. As a consequence, BECK's recommendations (increase the number of visualizations and visual competence) are of little use in overcoming the skepticism in sociology regarding visualizations.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1401228

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Author Biography

Axel Philipps, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Axel PHILIPPS ist seit 2008 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Soziologie der Leibniz Universität Hannover. Er promovierte 2007 zum Thema "Alltäglicher Umgang mit Lebensmittelskandalen" an der Universität Leipzig und arbeitet seitdem zu den Schwerpunktthemen Wissenschaftssoziologie, visuelle Soziologie und Protestforschung. Für FQS rezensierte er Die Disziplin der Neugierde. Der professionalisierte Habitus in den Erfahrungswissenschaften (FRANZMANN 2012).

Published
2014-01-19
Section
FQS Reviews