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2009 Sociological Association Meetings – Internet Sociologists Meet (CITASA @ ASA09)

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The 2009 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting was held in San Francisco, California, August 8-11.

The ASA attracts thousands of sociologists, a subsection of whom have  a passion for the study of the Internet and its many forms of social impacts and uses.  The Communications and Information Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) is the group that gathers many forms of social science research on the creation and uses of information technology.  This year’s meeting included two CITASA panels, round tables, a business meeting with awards, and a (windy!) boat ride through San Francisco Bay and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The CITASA sponsored papers at the conference are listed below.  The range of work illustrates the continued interest in social science studies of the impacts of information technology.

Session 1: Cultural Divergences and Convergences: Mediated Communication, Community, and Social Networks
Presider: Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University
10:30 – 12:10 PM, Location: Parc 55 Hotel

Reframing Public Space Through Digital Mobilization: The Case of Flash Mobs
Virág Molnár

The Consumption of Online News at Work
Pablo J. Boczkowski

French Software Politics: The Freedom Discourse and Globalization from Below
Sara Schoonmaker

Convergence in E-Campaigning: Comparing the Use of Attacks on German and American Political Web Sites
Eva Johanna Schweitzer

The Flow of Mediated Culture: Trends of Supply and Demand 1960-2005
W. Russell Neuman

Session 2: Sociology of Communications and IT
Presider: Keith N. Hampton, University of Pennsylvania
2:30 – 4:10 PM, Location: Parc 55 Hotel

Gauging the Impact of e-Research in the Social Sciences
Ralph Schroeder, Eric T. Meyer, University of Oxford

Does Previous Technology Use Influence Later Opinions Linking Use to Work Experiences, Relationships, and Time?
Noelle A. Chesley, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Medical Conversations in Technology Enabled Communities: Perceived Benefits of Participation in Online Patient Communities
Gul Seckin

Model Failure: Assemblages, Performances, and Uneasy Collaborations in Commercial Construction
Gina Neff, University of Washington; Brittany Fiore-Silfvast, University of Washington; Carrie Sturts Dossick, University of Washington

Core Discussion Networks, Internet and Mobile Phone Use: New Media are not Increasing Privatism in America
Keith N. Hampton, University of Pennsylvania; Lauren Sessions, University of Pennsylvania; Eun Ja Her, University of Pennsylvania


Round tables (1-hour): Open Submission
Organizer: Steven G. Hoffman, SUNY Buffalo
8:30 – 9:30 AM, Location: Parc 55 Hotel

Table 1: Communication and Information Technologies at the Producer-Consumer Nexus
Chris Rhomberg, Fordham University

A Tale of Two Newspaper Chains: Gannett, Knight Ridder, and the Crisis of American Newspapers
Chris Rhomberg, Fordham University

Analyzing design activity in architect and user talk-in-interaction: a preliminary analysis
Rachael Luck, University of Reading

Distributed Cognition and the Emerging Peer-to-Peer Production Model
Michael Restivo, Stony Brook University

Table 2: Communication and Information Technologies, Community, and Sexuality

Negotiating identities/remediating queering desires: Coming out and coming of age online
Mary L. Gray, Indiana University

Sociological Examination of People’s Attitude Towards Online Dating
Xue Liu, Clemson University

The Amorous Migrant: Race, Interracial Desire and Relocation in Cyberspace
Nicholas Andrew Boston, Cambridge University/Lehman College of the City University of New York

Virtually Gay: The Internet and the Construction of Hybrid Queer Identities and Transnational Gay Cultures

James Paul Thing, University of Southern California

Table 3: The Internet and Political Engagement I
Presider: Phil Howard, University of Washington

Bringing the body back in: considering the role of the body in deliberative democracy
Amy Stuart, New School for Social Research ICANN and Internet Governance
Hangwoo Lee, Chungbuk National University

Social Capital and Political Mobilization in Online Community
Jun Young Ah, Yonsei university; Jeong-han Kang, Yonsei University

Vitalizing Donation Culture in Korea: Comparison of Strategies between Traditional Off-line and New Online Donations
Sun Hyoung Lee, Yonsei University

Table 4: The Internet and Political Engagement II

A Facilitator of Civic Engagement in Online Group Contexts
Ja Hyouk Koo, University of Virginia

Muslim resistance online: a diasporic Pakistani punk music subculture on the Internet
Dhiraj Murthy, Bowdoin College

Transylvania, the Internet, and the Strategic Construction of Ethnic/National Identity
J. Patrick Williams, Nanyang Technological University

Table 5: New Technologies, Social Change and Knowledge
James A. Evans, University of Chicago

How the Internet Shrinks Knowledge By Extending It
James A. Evans, University of Chicago

Socializing the Mobile Phone: Young Urban Poor’s Fascination at Play
Lip Soon Wong, Telenor Research and Innovation Center

Social Networks inside the Enterprise: analyzing colleague link patterns in an IT workplace
Marc Smith

Table 6: Computer Mediated Communication, Social Capital, and Symbolic Interaction
Simon Gottschalk, University of Nevada- Las Vegas

Dramaturgy, Technology and Public Health: Finding Sex Partners Online among Men who have Sex with Men
Anthony P. Lombardo, University of Toronto

eIntelligence: Social Intelligence in Computer-Mediated Communication
Simon Gottschalk, University of Nevada- Las Vegas

How to Ground a Child in Cyberspace: Parents’ Exploration of Norms and Rules
Mito Akiyoshi, Senshu University

Structured Talk and Web 2.0: Blogs and Community Formation

Kenneth M. Kambara, California Lutheran University

Table 7: Communication Technologies and Network Formation
John P. Robinson, University of Maryland

Events and Attendees in Two Countries: Factors Influencing the Size and Composition of Online Social Groups
Ryan M. Acton, University of California, Irvine

From each according to media? Testing Wellman’s theory of networked individualism
Bernard Hogan, University of Toronto

The Composition of a Korean Immigrant Social Network
Sun Kyong Lee, Rutgers University

Table 8: Information Production, Coordination and Distribution

Order, Coordination and Uncertainty in Online Information Systems”
Judd Antin, University of California, Berkeley
Coye V. Cheshire, University of California, Berkeley

When High Commitment Hurts: Evidence from Wikipedia
Andreea Gorbatai, Harvard University

Wikipedia: Community or a social movement?
Piotr Konieczny, University of Pittsburgh

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