A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Haavoittuvuuden kudelmat : digitaalinen subjekti ja haavoittuvuus datavetoista yhteiskuntaa käsittelevässä tutkimuskirjallisuudessa (2021)
Weaves of vulnerability : digital subject and vulnerability in research literature on datadriven societies

Hokkanen, J., Soronen, A., Talvitie-Lamberg, K., & Valtonen, S. (2021). Haavoittuvuuden kudelmat : digitaalinen subjekti ja haavoittuvuus datavetoista yhteiskuntaa käsittelevässä tutkimuskirjallisuudessa. Media & viestintä, 44(2), 69-91. https://doi.org/10.23983/mv.109860

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Hokkanen, Julius; Soronen, Anne; Talvitie-Lamberg, Karoliina; Valtonen, Sanna

Journal or series: Media & viestintä

ISSN: 1798-3827

eISSN: 2342-477X

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 44

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 69-91

Publisher: Media- ja viestintätieteellinen seura MEVI ry

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23983/mv.109860

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77066


The article explores what kinds of meanings have been attached to the concept of vulnerability in research on data-driven societies and digital subjects. The article builds on a literature review that mapped existing literature on vulnerability in the context of datafication from 2015 to 2020. Literature was searched from relevant databases and digital libraries of social sciences and thematic aspects of vulnerability were arranged from the contemporary literature: 1) vulnerabilities caused by dataveillance, 2) data as knowing and participation, 3) categorization and regulation of visibility of digital subjects and 4) vulnerability’s relationship to autonomy and ontology. Based on the research literature, data gathering practices and digital environments engender vulnerability that manifests in the formation of subjects, visibility, categorization, participation, relationships between subjects and in the ontological nature of digital existence. The article argues that the concept of vulnerability could be utilized as a theoretical tool to research the possibilities and constraints caused by datafication. If vulnerability is associated with lived experience in data-mediated relations, it could be approached both as a structure of feeling and an ethical resource.

Keywords: vulnerability; information society; digitalisation; data; data mining; data science; concept analysis

Free keywords: vulnerability; datafication; data studies; digital subject; data-mediated relationship

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