Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. (Sociology, York, U.K.)
Digital Culture: temporality, photography, archives/memory, ethnography, theory
Consumption: theory and practice, sustainability, mundane technologies
Cultural Sociology: cultural institutions, material culture, theory
iTimes? Understanding the temporal dynamics of everyday life in the digital age (2015-18 funded by SSHRC and SARC)
This research brings together recent theories of time and temporality in contemporary societies with empirical sociological studies of how the uses of new technologies are transforming the temporal dynamics of everyday life in Canadian society. The research asks: how are multiple technologies and media being embedded into the rhythms of social life? Are they transforming, reproducing, or disrupting existing temporal practices? Have temporal practices such as sequencing, coordinating, and timing become 'individualized'? Are novel temporal practices emerging in relation to these technologies? How do digitally mediated temporal practices vary over space, time and social context? How do temporal expectations and senses of value differ according to life stage, location, socio-demographics, gender and family composition? Are the domains of home, work, travel, leisure, education becoming more temporally porous through these technologies? There are important social, ethical and political implications, in identifying the contextualized abilities of individuals to negotiate time, in relation to work, home, and leisure, and stresses and strains of meeting temporal expectations.
Persistent Traces and Potential Memories: emerging technologies, conventions and practices of memory-making in the digital era (2011-15 funded by SSHRC and SARC)
A largely ethnographic examination of how memory institutions and individuals are using new digital technologies as part of their memory practices. This regime of technologies prompts challenging questions about the relationships between collective and personal memory (archival histories and individual biographies), the public and the private (the visibility of private life online), the myriad ways in which ‘malleable’ visual and textual data can be stored, classified, reconstructed and reworked in the present, and whether instant communication now takes priority over memorization at the level of everyday life.
I am currently supervising graduate students in the following areas:
Disability in the Digital Age
Visual Culture of Networked Teens
New Media and Development
Digital Interpersonal Relations
Previous students have researched topics in the following areas:
Sociology of Scientific Knowledge about Climate Change
Childhood, Digital Consumption & Temporality
Mobile News Consumption
Radio in the Digital Age
The Networked Home
Ethics of Photo-Sharing
Metaphors of Digital Memory
Urban Regeneration in Toronto
Risk and Reflexivity in Food Consumption
Cultural Economy and Tourism
Cyberspace and Theology
Bottled Water Marketing and Consumption
The Greening of Consumption
Identity and Ethics of Slow Food Movements
Hand, M. Hillyard, S. (eds.) (2014) Big Data? Qualitative approaches to digital research. Emerald Books.
Hand, M. (2012) Ubiquitous Photography. Cambridge: Polity.
Hand, M. (2008) Making Digital Cultures: Access, Interactivity and Authenticity. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Shove, E. Watson, M. Hand, M. and Ingram, J. (2007) The Design of Everyday Life. Oxford: Berg.
Articles and Essays
Hand, M. (2016) 'Visuality in Social Media: researching images, circulations, and practices', in Sloan, L. Quan-Haase, A. (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, London: Sage.
Hand, M. (2016) '#Boredom: technology, acceleration, and connected presence in the social media age', in Gardiner, M.E. Haladyn, J.J. (eds.) Boredom Studies Reader: Frameworks and Perspectives, New York: Routledge.
Hand, M. (2014) ‘Persistent Traces, Potential Memories: smartphones and the negotiation of visual, locative and textual data in personal life, Convergence, August, Online First.
Hand, M. (2014) ‘From Cyberspace to the Dataverse: trajectories in digital social research’, in Hand, M. Hillyard, S. H. (eds.) Big Data: qualitative approaches to digital research. Emerald Books.
Hand, M. (2014) ‘Digitization and Memory: researching practices of adaptation to visual and textual data in everyday life’, in Hand, M. Hillyard, S. H. (eds.) Big Data: qualitative approaches to digital research. Emerald Books.
Hand, M. Hillyard, S.H. (2014) ‘Digital Social Research: potential and overview’, in Hand, M. Hillyard, S. H. (eds.) Big Data: qualitative approaches to digital research. Emerald Books.
Hand, M. (2013) Review of ‘Facebook Democracy’ by Jose Marichal, Canadian Journal of Sociology, December.
Hand, M. (2011) ‘Images and Information in Cultures of Consumption’, in Heywood, I. Sandywell, B. (eds.) Handbook of Visual Culture. Oxford: Berg.
Hand, M. (2011) ‘Information Technology’, in Southerton, D. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. London: Sage.
Hand, M. (2011) ‘Content Analysis’, in Southerton, D. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. London: Sage.
Hand, M. (2011) ‘Social Media and its Discontents’, Academic Matters, Oct/Nov.
Hand, M. (2010) ‘The Rise and Fall of Cyberspace, or how cyberspace turned inside out’, in Hall, J. Grindstaff, L. Ming-Cheng, L. (eds.) Handbook of Cultural Sociology. London: Routledge.
Hand, M. Shove, E. (2007) ‘Condensing Practices: ways of living with a freezer’, Journal of Consumer Culture,Vol. 7(1): 79-104.
Hand, M. Shove, E. Southerton, D. (2007) ‘Home Extensions: space, time and practice’, Environment and Planning D: Society & Space, Vol. 25(4).
Gane, N. Venn, C. Hand, M. (2007) ‘Ubiquitous Surveillance’, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 24 (7-8): 349-358.
Hand, M. Moore, K. (2006) ‘Community, Identity and Digital Games’, in Rutter, J. Bryce, J. (eds.) Understanding Digital Games. London: Sage. Pp. 241 – 266.
Hand, M. (2005) ‘The People’s Network: self-education and empowerment in the public library’, Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 8(3): 368-393.
Hand, M. Shove, E. Southerton, D. (2005) ‘Explaining Showering: a discussion of the material, conventional and temporal dimensions of practice’, Sociological Research Online, Vol. 10(2).
Hand, M. (2005) ‘Comment on Scales of Place and Networks’, Current Anthropology, Vol. 46(5)
Hand, M. (2005) ‘Review of “User Error: Resisting Computer Culture” by Ellen Rose, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, November-December 2005.
Hand, M. Shove, E. (2004) ‘Orchestrating Concepts: kitchen dynamics and regime change in Good Housekeeping and Ideal Home, 1922-2002’, Home Cultures, Vol. 1 (3): 1-22.
Southerton, D. Warde, A. Hand, M. (2004) ‘The Limited Autonomy of the Consumer’ in Southerton, D. et. al. (eds.) Sustainable Consumption. Manchester: Edward Elgar. Pp. 32 - 48
Pantzar, M. Shove, E. Hand, M. (2004) ‘Innovations in Fun: the careers and carriers of digital photography and floorball’, in Pantzar, M. Shove, E. (2004) Manufacturing Leisure. Consumers Association of Finland. Pp. 126 - 146
Hand, M. Sandywell, B. (2002) ‘E-topia as Cosmopolis or Citadel: on the democratizing and de- democratizing logics of the Internet, or, towards a critique of the new technological fetishism’, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 19 (1-2): 197-225.
I am teaching the following classes 2015-16:
SOCY931 New Media Cultures (Graduate)
SOCY430 Consumer Culture
SOCY306 Introduction to Consumer Culture
SOCY227 Theorizing Contemporary Society
SOCY226 Central Concepts in Sociological Theory