Rethinking Digital Media and Citizenship:
Conditions, Contexts, and Consequences
Seungahn Nah (University of Oregon)
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 of digital 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 digital media use. Such an examination presents important practical implications and policy applications.
This special issue addresses the following major questions:
- 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?
- 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 status?
- 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 following topics:
- Theoretical advancement on digital media and civic engagement in offline and online communication environments;
- Integrated theoretical framework concerning digital media and citizenship;
- Innovative conceptual and operational definitions (measurements) of digital media across various platforms;
- 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;
- Linkage between online and offline civic engagement from networked community perspectives.
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 journal.
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 email@example.com
- Submission deadline: April 30, 2017
- Editorial decision: June 30, 2017
- Anticipated publication date: January/February 2018