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CHAPTERS: Active Chapters and Candidate Chapters

Authors should write about the sociotechnical aspects of the subjects, not about all aspects of them. For example, for the chapter on high-fructose corn syrup, a detailed explanation of the manufacturing process would not be appropriate. Similarly, in the chapter on gambling, authors should frequently relate gambling to relevant technologies.

"Tips" are not part of chapter titles. They are suggestions to authors of subjects that might help them in their research.

Active Chapters

  • Food and Energy
    • Patenting of GM seeds: Ben Doran, Jonathan Elliott, and Stacy Hollins
    • Corn, beef and feedlots: Kristen Bernard, Hannah Bindig, and Nate Wapner
    • High-fructose corn syrup: Payam Abedi, Domenic Carr, and Samuel George
    • Corn ethanol in the United States: Joey Bose, Jesse Macadangdang, and Nate Wilson
    • Popular perceptions of nuclear power: Shelby Codde, Kurt Enzinger, and Erin Hopke
  • Health and medicine
    • Popular hygiene: perceptions and practices: Erin Dale, Kelly Laustsen, and Cara Tuttle
    • Placebos: Robert Du, Calvin Li, and Elizabeth McCue
    • Baby formula (tip: Leah Margulies): Anna Blazier and Jackie Piccolo
    • Sick building syndrome (tip: Jeanne Stellman): Jenna Cunningham, Nina Ruhter, and Rebecca Worley
    • Football and concussions: L.J. Bowling, Dan Brown, Matt Chester
  • Mobility and land use
    • Bicyclists in cities: Jasmine Copeland, Christine Jogerst, and Lynna Nguyen
    • Congestion pricing: Mike Ferebee, Cody Smith, and Justin Toothman
    • Urban sprawl: Kendra Jones, Lauren Kaufmann, and Samantha Wassyng
    • Real-time ridesharing: Matt Bloom, Jalen Ross, Preston Williams
  • Computers and the Internet
    • Open-source movement: David Kamensky, William Hrochovina, and Kevin Leach
    • Electronic voting: Michael Booth, Warren French, and Scott Horton
    • Social networks: Adam McElhaney, Tommy Reese, and Steven Wexler
    • Street View: Rodrigo Sarlo, Skyler Steinbach, and Eddie Tillistrand
    • Second Life: Nick Engebretson, Emily Hillenbrand, and Jenna Sollner
    • Wikipedia: Mark Galligan, Nick Um, and Michael Wu
  • Portable Electronics
    • Driving while texting (tip: Matt Richtel): Melissa Barron, Nikhita Karki, Joe Koerwer
    • Sociology of texting: Kevin Liu, Natasha Singh, and Chris Vaccarello
    • Norms of handheld device use: Alison Boboris, Justin Sinaguinan, and Jamie Wright
    • Walkman effect: Carlos Ceballos, Stephen Dang, and Eric Rodriguez
    • The Evolution of Texting: Emily Burns, Julia Freeburg, Eyitemi Moju-Igbene
  • Entertainment and Media
    • Massively multiplayer online role-playing games: Charles Antwi, Woosol Kim, and Timothy Smelser
    • Gambling: Joseph Boyle, Richard Eisenberg, and Patrick Mutchler
    • Game addictions: Ross Magette, Leigh McMurrey, and Robert Molster
    • Proliferation of music production capability: Lizzie Guarino, Chris Smith, and Ted Wyeth
    • From Cronkite to Stewart: TV News during and after Network Hegemony: Todd Chatlos, Alex Guendel, and LeeAnn Li
    • Moe Anthropomorphism: Eric Chirtel, Richard Knoll, Andrew Bloom
  • Security, Freedom, Privacy
    • Digital rights management: Matthew Hall and William Martin
    • Tazers and stun guns: Charlie Cameron, Ash Chawan, and Ben Ellis
    • Ankle monitors and other probation technology: Lauren Cave, Kelly Findlay, and Sooin Lee
    • International drug trafficking and law enforcement: Janelle Prange, Adam Silver, and Piers Spencer
    • Air travel security: Chris Higby, Borna Kazerooni, and Jess Tabacca
    • The United States - Mexico border: Jeremy Cobb, Andrew Earnest, and Peter Williams
  • Sociotechnical theories and movements
    • The Singularity: Andrew Keith, David Schultz, and Lauren Sharpe


Candidate Chapters

The following chapters are not active, but may be added in the future. Authors may propose chapters other than those on this list; just add them to the list.

  • Food
    • Opposition to GMOs in Europe
    • Ogallala Aquifer
    • Hypoxic zones
    • Tube wells (tip: Dipankar Chakraborti)
  • Energy
    • Clean coal (tip: as a contested idea, not as a fact)
    • Wind (tip: include its contested "greenness")
    • Peak oil (tip: as a contested idea, not as a fact)
    • Biofuels
    • Solar energy policies (tip: why is Germany--a dim country--a world leader in solar?)
  • Health and medicine
    • Noise pollution
    • “Medicalization” of mental health
    • Antibiotics in India
    • Power lines and public health (tip: Paul Brodeur)
    • Clinical trials
    • Opposition and resistance to vaccination
    • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
    • Obesity and diet in the United States
    • Obesity and physical activity in the United States
    • Dietary and bodybuilding supplements
    • Malaria in Africa
    • Polio eradication in Nigeria
    • Water supply, sanitation and health in developing countries
    • Safety, responsibility and liability
  • Mobility and land use
    • Pedestrians in cities
    • Carpooling, HOV lanes, and ridesharing
    • Parking
    • Driving speed enforcement
    • The Tata Nano and Mobility in India
    • Bicycles and bicycling in the Netherlands
    • Access for the disabled
  • Environmental values and technology
    • Greenwashing
    • Water bottles
    • Plastic bags
    • Climate change skepticism as a social phenomenon
    • The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and similar citizen environmental groups
    • Energy from trash
    • Nitrates in the environment
  • Computers
    • Hacker culture
    • Computers and gender
    • Digital divide
    • Program trading; high-frequency trading
  • The Internet
    • Twitter and other social networks in the Iranian protests of 2009
    • Web tracking (tips: Julia Angwin, [x+1])
    • Monitoring of employees' web use by employers
    • Identity theft
    • Youtube
    • Cyberattacks
    • Cyber bullying and harassment
    • Cyberstalking and predation
  • Portable Electronics
    • Compulsive connectivity (tip: Matt Richtel)
    • Handheld electronics in South Korea
    • Social aspects of cell phone cameras and video
    • Cell phones in developing countries
    • Cell phones versus face-to-face interaction
  • Entertainment
    • Anti-TV social movements
  • Security, Freedom, Privacy
    • Video surveillance in Great Britain
    • Incarceration in America
    • Audio and video surveillance of law enforcement (tips: George Holliday, Simon Glik, Anthony Graber)
  • Sociotechnical theories
    • Path dependence (tip: qwerty)
    • Social control
    • Emergent behavior (tip: Steven Johnson)
    • Protection motivation theory
    • Disintermediation
    • Panopticon
    • Jevons' Paradox
    • Social construction of technology
    • Neo-luddism and technophilia