In the fall of 2015 Ashgate (now Routledge) approved a contract for a new monograph book entitled Higher Diversities: Social Life and Political Life in the Era of Digital Media to be researched this year and next and published in 2017. In the meantime, Ashgate was purchased by Taylor and Francis and dissolved. Some of its book lists were absorbed into the Routledge imprint, which is a subsidiary of T & F. My book survived the transition and is now slated to be published under Routledge. Happily, my original editor, Neil Jordan, continues his employment as Sociology editor and will be continue to be my editor in these new circumstances.
Higher Diversities will focus on Tarde’s theory of difference and its implications for conceptions of the social and political, in particular as they involve digital media. I am developing the theoretical backbone of the work in a paper to be presented at the Tarde conference in France in April of 2016, which I completed in February. This paper which will foreshadow the monograph version is now being translated into French, to be subsequently published in France in an edited volume. Here is a preview. I can be contacted by email by anyone interested in a full copy (in its English version now, and soon in its French version).