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Sociological Tweets
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Theory Social Media Twitter

How to Cite

Chakravarty, Debjani. 2020. “Sociological Tweets”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, June. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Twitter is a unique social media platform, a proprietary eponym for microblogging, and an effective communication device for political, corporate, and civil society entities. Its wide reach and popularity can be difficult to ignore in these times. There are debates about the quality of information/communication that can be captured by 280 characters;...

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Class Level(s):
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Usage Notes

I usually use the "Sociological Tweets" exercise in introductory classes but I have also tried them in theory courses with success. Group size for this activity should range from two to five people. Everyone should participate in creating not just the Tweet(s) but also a Twitter handle for the theorist and hashtags that encompass the main ideas and ideas...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. 1. Understanding of sociological theories and concepts (e.g. Erving Goffman’s "front" or Patricia Hill Collins’ "matrix of domination" or Skocpol ’s "State Autonomy Theory").
  2. 2. Critical thinking, collaboration, and concise sociological communication.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Goal 1: Create Tweets that encompass the chief ideas within a theoretical framework or features of a key concept.
  2. Goal 2: Create Tweets that are 280 characters or a sentence that clearly and correctly express sociological thought; doing this collaboratively.

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