Emerald Studies in Media & Communications

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Emerald Studies in Media and Communications (ESMC) is sponsored by the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association: CITAMS. The series is edited by co-editors: Laura Robinson, Shelia Cotten, and Jeremy Schulz, along with series senior editors Deb Aikat, John Baldwin, Tim Hale, Heloisa Pait, Massimo Regnadda, Julie Wiest, and Apryl Williams and managing editor Aneka Khilnani.

Guest editors interested in publishing a volume in the series should email series co-editor Laura Robinson at laura@laurarobinson.org.


Future Calls 

Interrogating Technologies of Control, Editor: Noah McClain

Platform Work and The Gig Economy and Inequality, Editor: Jeremy Schulz

Remapping Media Studies in a Post-COVID-19 World, Editors: Massimo Ragnedda and Laura Robinson


Forthcoming Volumes  

Two Volumes

Theorizing Criminality and Policing in the Digital Media Age

Mass Mediated Representations of Crime and Criminality

Editor: Julie B. Wiest

These volumes will include social science research that advances knowledge about the complex relationships between media and crime. Chapters will be divided into central focal areas within this literature to seek the widest breadth of current scholarship. In particular, studies are sought that examine: representations of crime and criminals in mass media; links between media representations of crime and related public beliefs and behaviors; the use of new/digital media in the commission/detection of crime or in the dissemination of crime stories; and advances in theory and/or methods relevant to studies of media and crime.

Messages and Meaning in Mass Media: Interpreting Production, Text, and Reception

Editor: Ian Sheinheit

Messages and meaning in mass media: Understanding production, text, and reception breaks new ground in understanding media interpretively on three distinct but interrelated levels. Using diverse methods and empirical foci, the volume’s authors unpack the diverse, rich, and complex meaning systems within the mediated processes of production and reception as well as within the media text itself. By unpacking these three crucial, empirically overlapping but analytically distinct, media ‘moments’, the volume highlights, first, the fecundity of an interpretive theoretical lens, broadly defined, to the study of media, and, second, how production, text, and reception are linked and what this means for media and communication. Authors’ contributions show the importance of messages and meaning in mass media by looking at the, often overlapping, cases of activism, politics, and celebrity. Together these chapters provide insight into the ways in which the media and communicative landscape has altered, or not, in the 21st century. This volume is of interest to anyone who is concerned with the structural, cultural, and technological dynamics of mediated communication. Further, it contributes to media, critical, performance, and communication theory, as well as to the literature on social movements, politics, news, new media, and culture.

Technology and Government

Editor: Lloyd Levine & Associate Editor: Aneka Khilnani

Government has a notorious reputation when it comes to the purchase and use of technology. A quick search of the headlines of major newspapers will quickly yield a treasure trove of technology procurement gone wrong. Additionally, while the private sector seems to adopt and implement new technology seamlessly and quickly to deliver for customers, government seems to lag behind. This seems to apply to both internal use of technology as well as external, customer facing uses. This volume will examine why government fails at technology purchases, examine why government lags behind on innovation and implementation, provide a case study of governments that have done an excellent job of purchasing and using technology, and look at the challenges of providing digital government services when large percentages of the population lack digital connectivity due to the digital divide. It will also examine how changes in technology have forced changes in the way government operates. Research examines the effect of technology on transparency, political and/or administrative, and this can be about the disclosure of behaviors, or about more transparency in government due to the ability of government to put information on line where the public can access it directly; how technology has changed the way government, particularly local or state government provides services; and the way technology has affected communications between government and those the entity governs.

Media, Development and Democracy: historical and current connections

Editor: Heloisa Pait

Connections between the emergence of national democracies, economic development, and the introduction of mass media have been studied for many decades, but there are still missing links in this complex web. This volume sheds light on questions including: what is the impact of State censorship and material restrictions on the press, in countries that have been witnessing continuous economic development? Do restrictions on the functioning of the media in the formative period of a nation have long-term impacts on economic development? Looking from a different angle, can a limited labor market, with few formal vacancies in competitive firms, make literacy less rewarding, discouraging private investment in education? How do low literacy rates influence political culture and the nature of the public sphere in a modern society? In this volume, we would like to examine the multiple relationships between economic development, adoption of new media, literacy and education, and democratic culture.

Two Volumes

Geo Spaces of Communication: Research on Journalism, Media, and Digital Technologies

Creating Culture Through Media, Communications, Literature, Culture, and History

Editorial Team Members include Sonia Virginia Moreira , John Baldwin, Laura Robinson, Juliana Trammel, Joe Straubhaar, and Jeremy Schulz

ESMC has launched a new initative led by Sonia Virginia Moreira (Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil) that capitalizes on her leadership of Colóquio Brasil-Estados Unidos de Estudos da Comunicação sponsored by Intercom. These volumes examines communication, media, literature, history, and journalism across the Americas and highlight scholarship from the 2020 Colloquium at UT Austin, Texas (USA) and the 2018 Colloquium in Joinville Santa Catarina (Brazil).


Previous Volumes Sponsored by CITAMS 

Millennials and Media

The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology

Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow

Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity

e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions

Social Movements and Media

Brazil: Media From the Country of the Future

ICTs and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean

[New] Media Cultures

Digital Distinctions & Inequalities

Politics, Participation, and Production

Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods

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