[CITASA] Call for chapter: theorizing digital divide

Massimo Ragnedda ragnedda at gmail.com
Sat Jan 24 04:48:34 EST 2015


Apologies for cross-posting


Dear Colleagues,



My colleague Glenn Muschert (Miami Univ.) and I are editing a book on the
topic “Theorizing Digital Divide.”



We are organizing an edited volume which will examine how theories may be
useful in conceptualizing and studying digital inequalities. Contributions
are invited for this edited international collection of original chapters
engaging theoretical themes on digital inequalities.



Please see the attached Call for Chapter Proposals for details on the
scope, timing, and mechanics of this project. Also, please feel welcome to
post this call for papers widely and to forward it to interested colleagues
and students. We hope to see some proposals from many of you, and for now,
please feel welcome to be in contact if you have any questions for us.



With best regards,

Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria Univ. (UK)

(also on behalf of) Glenn W. Muschert, Miami Univ. (USA)





*C**all for **Chapter Proposals** for a**n* *Edited Volume** on*

*“**Theorizing Digital Divides**”*

*Editors**: Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria Univ. (UK) *

*Glenn W. Muschert, Miami Univ. (USA)*





As more aspects of social life are migrating and expanding on-line, systems
of structured inequalities are now well-entrenched and replicated in the
digital sphere. However, the development of the theoretical aspect of
digital divide studies has lagged behind the development of more empirical
studies.  Traditional studies of digital divides have tended to be macro in
scope, and often convey flavour of government reporting on infrastructure
and electronic capacities.  Of course, there are many exceptions among
scholars working in a variety of fields, however even given a variety of
national and cultural perspectives from which such studies emerge, the
theoretical underpinnings of such studies often proceed from a narrow range
of perspectives (most commonly critical social theory perspectives, such as
those in the Marxist and subsequent traditions).  While the critical
schools have indeed brought great insight to the field, the narrow stretch
of social theories applied to digital divides is surprising, given the
diversity of theoretical developments which have developed in social
theories, especially in the last half century.



In order to expand the theoretical perspectives brought to bear on social
relations in digital spheres, we have invited scholars from different
disciplines (e.g., Sociology, (New) Media Studies, Communications, etc.) to
apply social theories of stratification, inequalities, postmodernity, etc.
(broadly conceived), to develop new perspectives on the rise and
persistence of digital social inequalities. In so doing, we intend to
stimulate innovative ways to study digital and social inequalities in
digitally-enabled networked societies. The core analysis in this edited
collection will be to examine and explain the phenomena of digital divides
from a broad range of theoretical perspectives. Indeed, a relatively narrow
band of digital divide studies have been theoretically-based, and among
these, most have been limited to critical schools in the various Marxist
traditions (and their descendants). This edited volume fills this gap in
the field, by bringing together a variety of statements from scholars
around the word, in which social theories are central to the discussion of
digital divides.



Potential contributors are invited to explore the importance of social theories
in analysing digital divides and digital inequalities. Papers must be
theoretical, and (while the may contain illustrative empirical evidence or
examples) should strongly feature the conceptual potential of theorizing
digital divides in novel and intriguing ways. Submissions are welcome from
scholars at all stages of their careers, and from various relevant
disciplines (sociology, communications, media studies, etc.). While
certainly well-established theoretical traditions are welcome (as in those
expressing the vision of foundational social theorists), we also welcome
exploration into areas which are perhaps less dominant or newer.



Possible perspectives for chapters include, but are certainly not limited,
to the following traditions/perspectives:


   - ·         Veblen: the role of leisure and consumption in digital
   inequalities.
   - ·         Post-Colonialism: liberation (Fanon), Orientalism (Said),
   Spivak (the subaltern).
   - ·         DeBord: digital inequalities in the age of spectacle.
   - ·         Habermas: communication, the public sphere, and digital
   inequalities.
   - ·         Durkheim: the role of solidarity, collective conscience, and
   anomie.
   - ·         Surveillance studies: panoptic (and other) social sorting
   dynamics in the digital age.
   - ·         Bauman: liquidity and digital divide.
   - ·         Beck: digital divides and the society of risk.
   - ·         Hochshild: emotional labor and digital divides.
   - ·       Feminist theories: patriarchy, intersectionality, the cyborg,
   feminist epistemology.
   - ·         Postmodernisms: hyper-reality, the end of metanarratives,
   weak thought.
   - ·         Post-structural theory: deconstruction, queer theory.
   - ·         Freud: psychoanalysis of digital inequalities.
   - ·         Pragmatism: self, identity, symbolic interaction, and the
   digital divide.
   - ·         Marxist: the relevance of capital, class struggle,
   alienation, etc. in digital divides.
   - ·         Marxist traditions: Frankfurt school, Marxist feminism,
   Gramsci (hegemony).
   - ·         Foucault: discipline, control, knowledge and digital
   distinction.
   - ·         Bourdieu: social capital and digital inequalities, the
   habitus.



Submissions should be in the form of extended abstracts of around 300 words
in MS Word, sent as an email attachment to Massimo Ragnedda (
ragnedda at gmail.com) and Glenn Muschert (muschegw at MiamiOH.edu).





*The deadline for **abstract **submissions is **15* *March** 201**5**.*



Abstracts will be judged on criteria of relevance and originality of
topic. Notification
of initially-approved abstracts will be announced in mid-April, after which
contributors will be asked to move forward to the peer-review submission
phase. We will submit the book proposal to Routledge.

Contributions of 6000 words (maximum including abstract, footnotes,
tables/figures with captions, references, and appendices, if any) will be *due
1 **December** 201**5*. All submissions must adhere to APA (6th edition). C
hapters will be subject to double-blind peer review, and to encourage
coherence in the special section, all contributors will be requested to act
as a peer reviewer for at least one other article.

Also, please feel welcome to post this call for papers widely and to
forward it to interested colleagues and students. We hope to see some
proposals from many of you, and for now, please feel welcome to be in
contact if you have any questions for us.



With best regards,



*Massimo Ragnedda and Glenn Muschert*
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Massimo Ragnedda
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Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK)
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