Historical Social Research 47 (2022), 3

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Historical Social Research 47 (2022), 3
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Digital Transformation(s)

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Philip Jost Janssen, Knowledge Exchange & Outreach, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Special Issue – Digital Transformation(s): On the Entanglement of Long-Term Processes and Digital Social Change (ed. Stefanie Büchner, Jannis Hergesell & Jannis Kallinikos)

Digitalisation oscillates between profound promises of transformation and a nebulous buzzword. So, the analysis of digital transformation processes leaves hardly any social science untouched. In this HSR Special Issue, we argue for understanding digitalisation as a complex and heterogeneous process that cannot be rashly reduced to individual principles or uniform transformation effects. We argue for a more differentiated and socio-historically informed analysis not only of processes of disruptive change through digitalisation, but also of continuities, modifications, and reinforcements. We address the challenge of inquiring about the heterogeneities of digitalisation and ask: How can we identify temporal patterns of change, continuation, and entanglements characterising digital transformation? What are the decisive antecedents of contemporary manifestations? How can we explore commonalities and differences when taking our first serious look at “digitally induced” changes with different objects of comparison, such as fields, states, or discourse communities? Understanding digitalisation as a heterogeneous process does not imply multiplying observations of differences but paying attention to the complexity and embeddedness of digitalisation.

Our HSR Special Issue brings together 10 contributions that explore these heterogeneities of digital transformation(s). The first cluster analyses the heterogeneity and dynamics of digitalisation in different social sectors, focusing on the fields of health, construction, and governance. In the second cluster, the contributions focus on organisational processes, structures, and discourses. The third cluster takes up the question of novelty and continuity in the process of digitalisation and digital transformation. The concluding cluster leads us to the exploration of digitalisations in areas of research that often seem to be pushed to the peripheries of research interest.


Stefanie Büchner, Jannis Hergesell & Jannis Kallinikos
Digital Transformation(s): On the Entanglement of Long-Term Processes and Digital Social Change. An Introduction.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.25

Ole Hanseth
When Stars Align. The Interactions and Transformations of e-Health Infrastructure Regimes.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.26

Kathrin Braun, Cordula Kropp & Yana Boeva
From Digital Design to Data-Assets: Competing Visions, Policy Projects, and Emerging Arrangements of Value Creation in the Digital Transformation of Construction.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.27

Cancan Wang & Jessamy Perriam
Murder Maps, Transport Apps, and Soup: How Expert Enthusiasts Move Open Government Data Initiatives between the UK and China.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.28

Juliane Jarke, Irina Zakharova & Andreas Breiter
Organisational Data Work and Its Horizons of Sense: On the Importance of Considering the Temporalities and Topologies of Data Movement When Researching Digital Transformation(s).
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.29

Katharina Braunsmann, Korbinian Gall & Falk Justus Rahn
Discourse Strategies of Implementing Algorithmic Decision Support Systems: The Case of the Austrian Employment Service.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.30

Alina Wandelt & Thomas Schmidt-Lux
Infinite Expansion, Unlimited Access, Encompassing Comfort. An Analysis of the Effects of Digitalization in Libraries after 1995.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.31

Moritz von Stetten
Continuity and Change within the Digital Transformation of Psychotherapy.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.32

Julia Katherina Mahnken
Digital Transformations in Drug-Related Crime: Figurations, Interdependencies, and Balances of Power.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.33

Julia Binder & Ariane Sept
Debordered Materiality and Digital Biographies: Digital Transformation in Rural-Peripheral Areas.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.34

İrem Özgören Kınlı & Onur Kınlı
The Turkish Ordeal – A Historical-Processual Analysis of the Perception and Engagement of Elderly People in the Digital Transformation.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.35

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