American Behavioral Scientist (ABS)
Special Issue Call for Papers (CFPs)
*Rethinking Digital Media and Citizenship:*
*Conditions, Contexts, and Consequences*
Seungahn Nah (University of Kentucky)
Masahiro Yamamoto (University at Albany, State University of New York)
A substantial body of scholarship has long tackled how traditional and
newly emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) foster an
informed, efficacious, and engaged citizenry. Despite prolific literature
on digital media and citizenship, theoretical approaches and conceptual and
operational definitions still diverge in different disciplines and schools.
What seems particularly missing in the literature is an examination of
structural conditions and/or contexts that may facilitate or hinder the
role ofdigital media in civic engagement. Therefore, the goal of this
special issue is to call for theoretically and methodologically sound
scholarship that examines causes, components, and civic consequences of
digitalmedia use. Such an examination presents important practical
implications and policy applications.
This special issue addresses the following major questions:
1) How can digital media use and civic engagement be conceptualized,
operationalized, and theorized across various theoretical perspectives in
the convergence and divergence of digital media environment?
2) To what extent do digital media (social and mobile), along with
traditional media, influence civic engagement and how such an influence
varies across communities of places, interests, practices, and beyond, as
well as different ethnic groups and those who hold different socio-economic
3) How do social contexts and conditions promote or impede the role of
digital media in civic, political, and community life at multiple levels?
The special issue editors would welcome submissions addressing the
1) Theoretical advancement on digital media and civic engagement in offline
and online communication environments;
2) Integrated theoretical framework concerning digital media and citizenship
3) Innovative conceptual and operational definitions (measurements) of
digital media across various platforms;
4) Social structural contexts and conditions (e.g., race, class, gender,
family, school, organization, neighborhood, etc.) that affect digital media use
and its effects on civic engagement;
5) Linkage between online and offline civic engagement from networked
Submitted manuscripts must be in MS Word (.doc) format with a title page
that includes the title of the paper, full names, affiliations, email
addresses, telephone numbers, complete addresses, and biographical sketches
of all authors.
Manuscripts must adhere to the APA (6th ed.) style and should contain
between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including a 250-worlds abstract with 5-6 key
words, all references, and notes.
Manuscripts must contain original material which has not been previously
published elsewhere or is not currently under consideration by another
All manuscripts should go through a blind, peer-reviewed process so no
indicators of authorship should appear in the texts.
Manuscripts should be submitted directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
· Submission deadline: April 30, 2017
· Editorial decision: June 30, 2017
· Anticipated publication date: January/February 2018