Handbook on Law, Movements, and Social Change: Proposal Submissions
In these unsettled times, the study of law and social movements provides an ideal lens for rethinking fundamental questions about the relationship between law and power. Edited by Steve Boutcher (UMass Amherst), Corey Shdaimah (U of Maryland), and Michael Yarbrough (CUNY-John Jay), this Handbook takes up that challenge, using this historical moment as an opportunity to frame a new, more global and dynamic phase of law and social movement studies.
We seek contributions that provide theoretical and empirical perspectives on the changing relationship between law and social movements from scholars around the globe, in any relevant discipline and at any career stage. Interested colleagues are requested to submit extended abstracts of 400-500 words on or before January 26, 2020. All questions in this form are required. For the full call for submissions, please visit
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Current Author Position(s)
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Country or Region Focus of Proposal
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Proposed Section of Handbook
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1. How are relationships between the local and the global changing social movements?
2. As the boundaries between authoritarianism and democracy shift, what are the implications for law and social movements?
3. How are social movements’ legal tools and strategies changing, and why?
4. How is the relationship between identities and movements changing?
5. What are our responsibilities as researchers, lawyers, and activists?
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