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Gedenkschrift in Honor of William R. Freudenburg, A Life in Social Research

Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (RSPPP)
Volume 21, 2014: Gedenkschrift in Honor of William R. Freudenburg, A Life in Social Research

True to the nature of the Gedenkschrift as a commemorative publication, Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (RSPPP) volume 21 seeks papers that celebrates the work of sociologist Dr. William Freudenburg, one of the founding editors of RSPPP and Dehlsen Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Personal reminiscences as well as research that reflects and builds on Dr. Freudenburg’s theories (e.g., recreancy, bureaucratic slippage, atrophy of vigilance, spiral of stereotypes), his research in environmental disasters, technological risk, risk assessment, Scientific Certainty Argumentation Method (SCAM), NIMBY, LULU, sociology, the environment, and natural resources, asymmetry and bias in scientific judgment, Type I and Type II errors, scientific uncertainty, government transparency, power and control over information are among the topics solicited. Articles that reflect the focus of RSPPP as the “potential failure of public institutions to fulfill their obligations to the broader society” and employ aspects of Freudenburg’s work are also welcome. Article length may range from 1,000 to 7,000 words.

For background on Dr. Freudenburg’s work, see “William Freudenburg: An Intellectual and Professional Biography” by Riley Dunlap and Debra Davidson, Rural Sociologist (2011, June) and bibliography of his works at:

Instructions for authors and additional information on RSPPP
Submissions should be submitted in electronic format (.doc, docx, & odt file formats only) and conform to Harvard Style.  All papers – including invited papers - undergo double-blind review.

Manuscript submissions to RSPPP volume 21 certifies that material is not copyrighted nor currently under review for any refereed journal or conference proceedings. If any version or parts of the manuscript has appeared, or will appear in another publication, the details should be disclosed to the editor at the time of submission.

For additional information see:
Harvard style:
Author Guidelines:

Important dates
Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2013
Deadline for completed manuscripts:  September 1, 2013
Volume 21 is scheduled for publication in 2014

Email submissions and inquiries to the guest editor
Susan Maret Ph.D.
[email protected]