Department of Sociology

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Martin Hand

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Sociology, University of York, U.K.)
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D529
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74494

Research Areas

Digital Culture: temporality, visuality, datafication, memory, ethnography, theory
Consumption: theory and practice, sustainability, mundane technologies
Cultural Sociology: cultural institutions, material culture, theory

Funded Research

iTimes? Understanding the temporal dynamics of everyday life in the digital age (2015-19 SSHRC Insight Grant; Martin Hand (PI))

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.

iTimes?  (2015-16 SAC/PDF; Martin Hand (PI))

Persistent Traces and Potential Memories: emerging technologies, conventions and practices of memory-making in the digital era
(2011-15 SSHRC Standard Grant; Martin Hand (PI)) 

Persistent Traces and Potential Memories
(2011-12 SAC/PDF; Martin Hand (PI))

Analogue to Digital: objects, processes and practices of digital imaging and photography
(2006-10 SSHRC Standard Grant; Martin Hand (PI))

Analogue to Digital: situating the diffusion of digital photography in Canadian society
(2005-6 PDF; Martin Hand (PI), Myra Hird)  


I welcome applications to undertake graduate work in media and communications, sociology of culture, visual culture, consumer culture, and technology studies.

I have supervised 3 PhDs, 20 MAs, and 25 UG thesis students to completion.

Current Students:

Michelle Gorea, PhD Candidate, Visual Culture of Networked Teens
Lyon Tsang, MA Candidate, Smartphone Temporalities
Kailey Walker, USSR Fellowship, Digital Temporal Experience Among Seniors

Previous students have researched topics in the following areas:

Disability in the Digital Age
Visual Cultures of Animal Activism
Mediatization of Crime
New Media and Development
Sociology of Scientific Knowledge about Climate Change
Childhood, Digital Consumption & Temporality

Digital Education
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. (2016 [2008]) Making Digital Cultures: Access, Interactivity and Authenticity. London: Routledge   

Shove, E. Watson, M. Hand, M. and Ingram, J. (2007) The Design of Everyday Life. Oxford: Bloomsbury.

Articles, Essays, and Abstracts

Hand, M. Scarlett, A. (Forthcoming, 2019) ‘Habitual Photography: Time, rhythm, and temporal experience in contemporary personal photography’, in Tormey, J. Durden, M. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory. London: Routledge.

Hand, M. (Forthcoming, 2019) 'Photography meets Social Media: image making and sharing in a continually networked present', in Pasternak, G. (ed.) The Handbook of Photography Studies. London: Bloomsbury. 

Hand, M. (2018) ‘Recalibrating Everyday Life: synchronizing, coordinating, and scheduling through smartphones’, AoIR 2018: The 19th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. Montréal, Canada: AoIR. Published at:

Hand, M. Gorea, M. (2018) ‘Digital Traces and Personal Analytics: iTime, self-tracking and the temporalities of practice’, International Journal of Communication, Vol 12: 666-682.

Hand, M. (2018) ‘The Fall of Cyberspace and the Rise of Data’, in Hall, J. Grindstaff, L. Ming-Cheng, L. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology. London: Routledge.2nd Ed

Hand, M. (2017) '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. (2016 [2014]) ‘Persistent Traces, Potential Memories: smartphones and the negotiation of visual, locative and textual data in personal life, Convergence, Vol 22 (3), pp. 269 - 286

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., Southerton, D., Shove, E., (2003). Explaining daily showering: a discussion of policy and practice, ESRC Sustainable Technologies Programme Working Paper 2003/4, June.      

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 2018-19:

SOCY931 New Media Cultures (Graduate)
SOCY430 Consumer Culture
SOCY306 Introduction to Consumer Culture