Call for chapters – Racializing Media Policy
Edited by
Jason A. Smith, Center for Social Science Research - George Mason University
Richard T. Craig, Department of Communication - George Mason University

Proposals due by July 16, 2021

Racialization is a term used within the social sciences to highlight the
ways that social interactions become racial. This is an important
concept in sociological and political science research when looking at
structural mechanisms that perpetuate racial inequalities. The state,
and its various organizational spaces of action, is often seen as a site
for race to be enacted (e.g., Bracey 2015). Public policy sectors such
as housing, taxation, and immigration, to name a few, have been ripe
areas of research. However, media policy research has not effectively
engaged with this critical conception. Media policy research has been
driven by political economy perspectives within the field of
Communications and Media Studies, and can benefit from an approach that
analyzes it in relation to social science perspectives that focus on
processes which constitute, or are constituted by, actors, groups, and

Racializing Media Policy seeks to fill this scholarly gap by providing
case studies which focus on media policy issues in the United States
through the lens of racialization. It will contribute to a growing body
of media policy research within the Communications and Media Studies
literature, as well as anchor the role of media policy in Sociological
research – where it is lacking. It would also lend itself toward a
growing body of work in the Sociology of Organizations which have begun
to focus on “raced organizations” (Ray 2019; Wooten 2019) to understand
how racial inequalities are embedded within organizational practices.
The volume is under contract with the Emerald series ‘Studies in Media
and Communications.’ The series is sponsored by the Communication,
Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American
Sociological Association.

Proposals of 750-1000 words are due by July 16, 2021. Submissions that
are theoretical and/or empirical are welcomed, although we will give
more weight to empirical submissions that can demonstrate the mechanisms
of racialization throughout the media policy process. Both qualitative
and quantitative approaches will be welcomed, as well as case study
approaches which allow authors to connect to larger structural
conditions within media policy debates.

Topics of interest for this volume might include, but are not limited to:
-A focus on traditional (print, radio, television) and new (internet,
social) media issues
-Historical media policy issues analyzed through the lens of racialization
-Contemporary issues such as: Net Neutrality, Privacy, Telecom
Development (5G), Broadband Access
-Tensions over media ownership
-The role of federal agencies in policy formation and decisions
-The role of media activist groups who engage in media policy work/spaces
-Localized media policy decisions at the municipal/county or state level
-Discourses of policy debates
-Racialized outcomes of media policy decisions

Submissions should be sent to Jason A. Smith [log in to unmask] and Richard T.
Craig [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Bracey, G. E. (2015). Toward a critical race theory of state. Critical
Sociology, 41(3): 553-572.
Ray, V. (2019). A theory of racialized organizations. American
Sociological Review, 84(1): 26-53.
Wooten, M. E. (Ed.). (2019). Race, organizations, and the organizing
process. Emerald.

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