Introducing the Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist on Social Media & Society

We are delighted to announce the 2017 Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist on “Social Media & Society” edited by Anatoliy Gruzd, Jenna Jacobson, Barry Wellman & Philip Mai.

This special issue features eight extended papers which earlier versions were first presented at the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society in London, UK at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to being methodologically diverse, the special issue highlights how the study of social media is not located in any one department or faculty, but dispersed across disciplines; scholars in this special issue come from Communications, Sociology, Education, Architecture, Journalism, Management, Engineering, and Design. The scholarship is geographically distributed with scholars residing and conducting research in Belgium, Israel, Italy, Norway, Singapore, UK, US, and Russia.

This special issue of American Behavioral Scientist adds to this growing body of social media research and continues work that began in two earlier special issues.

  • First, it builds on the 2014 Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist on “Networked Influence” (Gruzd & Wellman, 2014) that explored how the characteristics of users, platforms, and social networks can affect the nature of influence in social media.
  • Second, it builds on the 2016 Special Issue of Information, Communication & Society on “Understanding Communities in an Age of Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated” (Gruzd, Jacobson, Wellman, & Mai, 2016) that examined the ever-changing notion of online communities and the intersection between online and offline interactions.

You can access the full text of papers in this special issue of American Behavioral Scientist below: