Call for Papers: Communities in Cyberspace

Marc A. Smith (
1 Dec 1994 07:30:20 GMT



A volume entitled _COMMUNITIES IN CYBERSPACE_ is being prepared
for publication by the University of California Press. We are
looking for papers that examine the subject of online interaction
and community. Papers should focus on existing examples of
online interaction, with particular attention to the collective
organization of groups, the emergence of community, and the
issues, conflicts, and problems that go along with those

A partial list of suggested topics is included below:

Social Interaction:
The dynamics of online interaction
Comparisons of online interaction with other forms of
Identity, anonymity, cryptography
The presentation of self
Sex and gender dynamics in online groups
Power in online communities
Synchronous versus asynchronous interaction

Social Organization:
Systems of exchange in online groups
Scarcity, value, and markets in online communities
Informal social control
Group solidarity in online communities
Cooperation and conflict in virtual communities
Crime and deviance
Governance in online groups
Culture and ritual
Constructing an online community
Community protest/collective action based on online groups

To be considered for inclusion in this volume, prospective
authors should submit the following:

1) A 300-500 word abstract describing the substantive focus,
methodology, and conclusions of research to be reported in
the proposed paper

2) A brief biographical statement (or curriculum vita)
indicating previous research and/or relevant experience in
this area

Submissions should be sent via mail, e-mail or fax no latter than
February 1st, 1995 to the volume editors at the address below:

Peter Kollock and Marc Smith
UCLA Department of Sociology
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90024-1551

Fax: (310) 206-9838

Invited authors will be provided with guidelines for the
preparation of the paper. The tentative deadline for receipt of
the final manuscripts will be June 1st, 1995, with an anticipated
publication date in the first half of 1996.

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