Transcript of plenary by Evelyn Ruppert at the BSA Annual Conference 2014.
The proliferation of data in our times is changing societies. This calls for practicing sociologies of data in
ways that don’t treat data as though it were produced outside social relations and struggles. My objective in
advocating for sociologies of data is to attend to the numerous actors, technologies, methods, practices
and power relations that are ordering, classifying, excluding, enabling and making who we are, how we are
governed and what we know about ourselves as subjects, citizens and societies. Although practicing
sociologies of data is one way of approaching these issues, in an age when data have become intensely
commodified, followed, and acted upon this has also become a responsibility.