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A régi és új történeti adatok társadalmi természete
The Social Nature of Old and New Data

Author(s): Péter Tibor Nagy
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Methodology and research technology, Social Theory
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: data; abundance of data; scientific classification; sociology of science; social conflict theory; functionalist theory; research methodology; digitalization;

Summary/Abstract: This study seeks to provide an explanation for three sub-problems. 1. The social determination of creation/the arising of “old-type” new historical data (for example determinative factors for excavations, etc.); 2. the social circumstances of creation/ the arising of “new-type” new historical data (for example, historical medicine) 3. reinterpretation/re-structuring of old data (for example, the digitalisation of sources). There are two topics within this area of sub-problems: 1. how the new “data universe” (the internet) has changed the topics and methods utilized in research; 2. how academic communities have perceived and integrated the new data types and how the face of a community has become altered within this process. The first sub-problem is interpreted from a functionalist perspective, the second from a conflict-theoretical one.

  • Issue Year: 24/2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 15-26
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Hungarian