[CITAMS] CITAMS Book Award 2017 Blurbs

Wenhong Chen wenhong.chen at austin.utexas.edu
Sat Aug 12 12:43:33 EDT 2017


Dear friends and colleagues,



The *C*ommunication, *I*nformation *T*echnologies, and *M*edia *S*ociology
section of the *A*merican *S*ociological *A*ssociation
<http://www.asanet.org/> (CITAMS) called for nominations for the 2017 *CITAMS
Book Award *in spring 2017.  CITAMS Book Award recognizes an outstanding
book related to the sociology of communication, media, and/or information
technology. Submissions must be in English and published within the two
calendar years prior to the award presentation. There are no limitations on
length. Single author, multiple author, and edited books are eligible.



It was my great pleasure and honor to serve on the 2017 CITAMS Book Award
results. The 2017 committee had three members: Wenhong Chen (chair, UT
Austin), Heather Haveman (UC Berkeley), and Janet Vertesi (Princeton). The
committee received a total of 20 nominated books. Each committee member
reviewed the books and voted independently. This is not an easy decision as
the 20 nominated books collectively represent the richness, diversity, and
extremely high quality scholarship of sociological work on Communication,
Information Technologies, and Media Sociology. On behalf of the committee
and the section, I would like to thank the book authors as well as the
nominators. Based on votes and deliberation, the committee decided to have
two co-winners:



Daipha, Phaedra. (2015). *Masters of Uncertainty: Weather Forecasters and
the Quest for Ground Truth*. University of Chicago Press.

Zayani, Mohamed. (2015). *Networked Publics & Digital Contention. *Oxford
University Press.



Please find below our blurbs for the two co-winners, prepared by Heather
Haveman, Janet Vertesi, and me. We strongly recommend you to read the
books!

Daipha, Phaedra. (2015). *Masters of Uncertainty: Weather Forecasters and
the Quest for Ground Truth*. University of Chicago Press.

Dr. Daipha carries out rich ethnographic work on a group of hard-to-reach
social actors and how they make decisions to forecast future. The book is
engagingly written and fascinating. Advancing a sociological perspective of
decision making on weather forecasting, Daipha further tests the theory in
the fields of finance and medicine. The book going to be very important to
the work of many members of CITAMS and scholars working in the field of
sociology of science and technology.



Zayani, Mohamed. (2015). *Networked Publics & Digital Contention. *Oxford
University Press.

This is a serious analysis of the role media played in the Tunisian spring
revolution.  Far from a simple mechanical analysis of media effects, Dr.
Zayani provides a subtle evolutionary analysis of how people used media,
how they understood media, and how they expressed themselves through
media.  Well situated in historical context, so non-MENA specialists will
get it.  Theoretically, it is well balanced between social-movement
theories and media scholarship.  The book award committee found it to be a
nuanced and historically grounded account of Tunisia's web and political
contexts. Readers can learn more from this book - both empirically and
theoretically - than from the others in the mix. This book can be assigned
to students as the right way to write about the so-called revolutionary and
Twitter-fueled Arab Spring.



And please nominate or self-nominate books in Spring 2018!

Cheers,

Wenhong 文泓



Wenhong Chen
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Sociology

Chair, Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology
section, ASA
University of Texas at Austin
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