[CITASA] Call for Papers: Special Issue of the American Behavioral Scientist, "Prosumption and Social Media.", from George Ritzer

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 <CITASA at list.citasa.org>A message from George Ritzer (contact: *
absspecialissue at gmail.com)* Please forward this call for papers as you see
fit. Thanks.

Date: October 19th, 2009

Subject: Call for Papers: Special Issue of the American Behavioral
Scientist, "Prosumption and Social Media."


I am editing an upcoming special issue of the American Behavioral Scientist
entitled, "Prosumption and Social Media." Based on your expertise on this
topic, I am writing to inform you of this special issue and to invite you to
submit an article for review.  This issue will follow standard ABS
peer-review procedures.

This issue will explore prosumption (the convergence of consumption and
production) online and offline with a specific (though not exclusive)
emphasis on social media.  Today we are witnessing,

·        The massive popularity of social networking sites, such as Facebook
or MySpace

·        The rise of blogs, the Blogosphere, and the micro-blogging tool

·        The DIY movement, self-service technologies, branding, and market

·        Wikipedia: The world largest encyclopedia, generated by users

·        YouTube and Flicker: home of millions of user video and image files

·        Other examples such as Ebay, Craigslist, Creative Commons,
open-source software (Linux, Mozilla, etc.), Second Life, Amazon.com, and,
likely, others of which most of us are yet unaware.

Articles might specify the structural conditions for the explosion of
user-generated content on the Internet, attempt to explain aspects of the
trend through the application of a particular theory or set of theories,
employ empirical data to achieve new insights into the processes of
prosumption, or explore the economic, political, cultural, or ethical
implications of prosumption.  Articles might also be critical of any such

The issue aims to include both theoretical and empirical submissions from a
number of fields.  Relevant book reviews will also be considered.

The deadline for submission is 6/1/10. However, we encourage early
submissions and papers will be reviewed as they are received. The issue is
expected to contain 8-10 articles, but if more articles of exceptional
quality are received, we have the go-ahead to expand to two volumes.
will be contingent upon peer-review.

Manuscript submission guidelines:

·        Submitted manuscripts must be in MS Word (.doc) format, include a
title page that includes the title of the paper, a 250 word abstract, full
name and complete addresses of all authors that includes affiliation(s),
telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es).

·        Manuscript, including references, should follow APA style

·        Manuscripts should generally contain between 6,000 and 8,000 words

·        Manuscripts should contain original material and not be previously
published, or currently submitted for consideration, elsewhere.

·        Manuscripts should be submitted directly to Prosumer Studies
Working Group at *absspecialissue at gmail.com*.  Any questions should also be
directed to this address.

·        The refereeing process is blind, so contributors should take care
to remove any obvious indications of authorship.

·        Where appropriate, please recommend to us researchers who might
make a significant contribution to the special issue if solicited for

We will make every effort to get you a decision within 4-6 weeks of

Keywords: web 2.0, prosumption, digital culture, technology and society,
information and communication technologies (ICTs), sociology of work, labor
studies, mobile communication, networked technologies, virtual communities,
social networking sites, computer mediated communication, globalization,
leisure studies, new media, media studies, social media.
George Ritzer
Guest Editor,
American Behavioral Scientist
Distinguished University Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Maryland

*absspecialissue at gmail.com*

About the Editor: George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the
University of Maryland.  He has chaired the American Sociological
Association’s Section on Theoretical Sociology, as well as the Section on
Organizations and Occupations, and is the first Chair of the
section-in-formation on Global and Transnational Sociology. His  books
include The McDonaldization of Society (5th ed., 2008), Enchanting a
disenchanted World (2nd ed. 2005), and The Globalization of Nothing (2nd
ed., 2007). His most recent book is Globalization: A Basic Text (Blackwell,
2010). He is currently working on The Outsourcing of Everything (with Craig
Lair, Oxford, forthcoming). He was founding editor of the Journal of
Consumer Culture.  His books have been translated into over twenty
languages, with over a dozen translations of The McDonaldization of Society
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