[Air-l] CFP: Deviance on the Internet

A.N.Joinson A.N.Joinson at open.ac.uk
Tue Apr 15 02:49:47 PDT 2003

Apologies for any cross posting

1st Call for Papers: Deviance on the Internet: New Challenges for Social

Special Issue of Social Science Computer Review: Fall 2004

This special issue of Social Science Computer Review will bring together a
collection of high quality academic work that extends, refines and
challenges our understanding of 'deviant' behaviour on the Internet. Across
the globe, there are increasing legislative, technological and surveillance
efforts - all seemingly aimed at deviant (and sometime benign) Internet use.
Not only does the Internet pose novel challenges in affording new forms of
'deviance' that need to be understood, but it also poses a unique
opportunity for social scientists to influence policy aimed at such
'deviance'. This special issue will bring together papers that investigate
specific cases of 'deviant' behavior, as well as theoretical work that
discusses the notion of deviance as applied to the Internet, policy and
legal implications and methodologies. Papers from a broad range of social
science perspectives are encouraged. Submissions can be in the form of full
papers (maximum 20 printed pages) or in the form of short papers (5 printed
pages). Post-graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit early
work in the form of short papers. 

Indicative Themes

Self and identity
The law and internet deviance
Behavioral and social regulation and the Internet
Censorship, control and privacy
Paedophiles and the Internet
The pathology of leisure
Groups, social identity and deviant behavior
Government initiatives and deviance online
Pro-anorexia sites 
Pathological gambling
Internet Addiction / pathological Internet use
Sexual Behavior 
Socially deviant communication including libel and slander
The social construction of Internet deviance
Methodologies for studying deviant Internet behavior
Policy implications 

For any questions, please e-mail A.N.Joinson at open.ac.uk

Key dates:

Submission of papers: 1st October 2003
Review feedback: December 2003
Submission of final papers: 15th February 2004
Publication in SSCORE: November 2004.

Submission procedure:

Send an electronic copy of the paper, along with a cover letter in the body
of the e-mail, to Adam Joinson (A.N.Joinson at open.ac.uk). Subject line:
SSCORE submission. 

Word, StarOffice 6.0 / OpenOffice.org or AppleWorks format acceptable. All
figures must also be supplied in original file format (eg. .jpg, .eps, .tif,
.png, etc.). Double spaced.

Full papers: 20 printed pages
Short papers: 5 printed pages

More information on this call for papers is available at:


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