Emerald Studies in Media & Communications


Emerald Studies in Media and Communications (SIMC) 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 seniors editors Apryl Williams, Timothy Hale, John Baldwin, and Heloisa Pait. Each year, two volumes are published that capitalize on the series’ sponsorship by CITAMS. The annual volumes are highlighted at the CITAMS business meeting. For more information on volumes published with section sponsorship and calls for submissions, see: http://www.emeraldmediastudies.com/

Volumes Sponsored by CITAMS (2014-Present)

Current and Forthcoming Calls

Creating Connections, Building Bridges

Democracy, Development, and Media

Public and Private Spaces and Identities

In Press (see below)

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

Volumes In Press

CITAMS@30: Two Volumes with Emerald Studies in Media and Communications to Celebrate CITAMS’ Thirty-Year Anniversary 

Two volumes also to celebrate the section’s anniversary. Since the beginning of CITASA’s sponsorship of Emerald Studies in Media and Communications (ESMC), the series has published research by CITAMS members and contributed to the section’s intellectual community. More recently, ESMC has also enjoyed sponsoring the Media Sociology Preconference and organizing closing plenary sessions of that annual event. Given these fruitful relationships, as the thirty-year anniversary of CITAMS approached, it seemed only natural to invite the CITAMS past chairs and community to contribute to a special volume celebrating the event. We invited current section chair Wenhong Chen and past chairs Barry Wellman, Shelia Cotten, and Laura Robinson to join forces with Casey Brienza, founder of the Media Sociology Preconference. Their mission was simple: find the best current scholarship highlighting the present of our dynamic field or seek out analysis on the growth and history of the section with an eye to the future. To our delight, overwhelming response produced not one, but two volumes. Barry Wellman leads the first of the two volumes– Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow–showcases field analysis from past CITAMS chairs, as well as a feast of interdisciplinary scholarship on networks and relationships. Casey Brienza leads the second of the two volumes–The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology–probing the relationships between inequalities and media, as well as a scintillating array of scholarship on cultural production and consumption. Both volumes highlight some of the best of the vibrant, interdisciplinary scholarship in communication, information technologies and media sociology.


ESMC Volume 17: Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow

Editors: Barry Wellman, Laura Robinson, Casey Brienza, Wenhong Chen, and Shelia R. Cotten, and Aneka Khilnani (Associate Editor)

Foreword: CITAMS@30 By: Wenhong Chen

Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow By: Barry Wellman, Laura Robinson, Casey Brienza, Wenhong Chen, and Shelia R. Cotten, and Aneka Khilnani

Section 1: Field Analysis: CITAMS Past Chairs

CITAMS at Thirty: Learning from the Past, Plotting a Course for the Future By: Deana Rohlinger and Jennifer Earl

Section Membership and Participation in the American Sociological Review Publication Process By: James C. Witte, Roberta Spalter-Roth, and Yukiko Furuya

How Information Technology Transforms the Methods of Sociological Research By: Edward Brent

Section 2: Field Analysis: Relationships and Networks

In Sync, but Apart: Temporal Symmetry, Social Synchronicity, and Digital Connectedness By: Mary Chayko

Break-ups on Facebook: A Typology of Coping Strategies By Anabel Quan-Haase, Andrew Nevin, and Veronika Lukacs

Long Ties as Equalizers By: Yotam Shmargad

Black-Hat Hackers’ Crisis Information Processing in the Darknet: A Case Study of Cyber Underground Market Shutdowns By: K. Hazel Kwon and Jana Shakarian

I click, Therefore I am: Predicting Clicktivist-like Actions on Candidates’ Facebook Posts During the 2016 U.S. Primary Election By: Marc Esteve Del Valle, Alicia Wanless-Berk, Anatoliy Gruzd, and Philip Mai

Afterword: Reflections on My Path to CITASA/CITAMS and the Future of Our Section By Shelia R. Cotten


ESMC Volume 18: The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology

Editors: Casey Brienza, Laura Robinson, Barry Wellman, Shelia Cotten, Wenhong Chen and Aneka Khilnani (Associate Editor) 

Foreword: CITAMS@30 By: Wenhong Chen

The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology By: Aneka Khilnani, ​Laura Robinson, Casey Brienza, Barry Wellman, Shelia Cotten, and Wenhong Chen

Section 1 Inequalities and Media

Closing the Digital Divide: Justification for Government Intervention By: Lloyd Levine

Public Knowledge and Digital Divide: the Role and Impact of China’s Media By: Mingli Mei, Ru Zhao, and Miaochen Zhu

Changing Politics of Tribalims and Morality in I am Legend and its Remakes By: Jeremiah Morelock

A Niagara of Intemperance and Vice: Newspaper Reports on Immigrant New York 1800-1900 By: Saran Ghatak and Niall Moran

Liberalism without the Press: 18th century Minas Geraes and the Roots of Brazilian Development By: Heloisa Pait

Section 2: Cultural Production and Consumption

Openness as a Means to Closure in Cultural Journalism By: Philippa K. Chong

The Attractions of “Recoil” TV: The Story-World of Game of Thrones By: Carmen Spanó

From the Raja to the Desi Romance: A Sociological Discourse on Family, Class and Gender in Bollywood By: Tanni Chaudhuri

Affective (Im)Mediations and the Communication Process By: Ana Ramos

Afterword: Reflections on My Path to CITASA/CITAMS and the Future of Our Section By Shelia R. Cotten


ESMC Volume 16: Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity

Editors: Apryl A. Williams, Ruth Tsuria, Laura Robinson, and Aneka Khilnani (Associate Editor)

Scholars of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies come together to examine axioms of power at play across different forms of cultural production. Contributing to these fields, the volume highlights the value of interdisciplinary work and international perspectives to enrich our understandings of agency and identity vis-a-vis key case studies of media consumption and production. Across the volume, international contributions shed new light on the complex ways in which media reinforce and reflect power in different societal and national arenas. The result is a rich interdisciplinary and multi-method exploration of how power is conceptualized and realized through a variety of hegemonic and discursive practices. The authors analysis of critical case studies make important progress towards closing theoretical gaps concerning the study of the complex relationships between media and gender, race, ethnicity, and national identity. In so doing, the volume contributes phenomenological and epistemic knowledge of media and power across disciplines and societal contexts.

Media as Power Formations in Digital Cultures By: Apryl Williams, Ruth Tsuria, Laura Robinson, and Aneka Khilnani

Section 1: Media, Power, and Agency

Policing the Boundaries Activist Standing in Broadcast News, 1970-2012 By: Deana Rohlinger, Rebecca A. Redmond, Haley Gentile, Tara Stamm, and Alexandra Olsen

Learning from a “Teachable Moment”: The Henry Louis Gates Arrest as Media Spectacle and Theorizing Colorblind Racism By: Jason A. Smith

Economically challenged but academically focused: The low-income Chinese immigrant families’ acculturation, parental involvement, and parental mediation By: Melissa M. Yang

The Globalization of Facebook: Facebook’s Penetration in Developed and Developing Countries By: Naziat Choudhury

Section II: Media, Power, and Identity

Hybridizing National Identity: Reflections on the Media Consumption of middle-class catholic women in urban India By: Marissa Joanna Doshi

Reading a Complex Latina Stereotype: An Analysis of Modern Family’s Gloria Pritchett, Intersectionality, and Audiences By: Adolfo R. Mora

Manifestations and Contestations of Hegemony in Video Gaming by Immigrant Youth in Norway By: Carol Azungi Dralega and Hilde G. Corneliussen















































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