Call for Papers: Innovations in Social Movement Research, Mobilization: An International Quarterly

Mobilization, the leading scholarly journal in research on social movements and protest, plans a special issue on innovative research in contentious politics to be published in December 2013 (Volume 18, Number 4). Submission deadline is January 11, 2013.

Mobilization is seeking high-quality, original research articles from any discipline which highlight either of the following:

  • New methods of data collection: Advances in technology have allowed researchers unparalleled access to social movements. For contemporary movements, we can document their activities in incredible detail as they are unfolding. Additionally, the growth in the digitization of archives means that we can also know more about historical challenges than we could even a decade ago. We seek research that takes advantage of these new sources of data and means of collecting it, or that looks at old sources of data in a new way. We encourage submissions employing both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • New methods of analysis: From social network analysis to advances in comparative analysis and mixed methods, social scientists are employing a new repertoire of analytic strategies. We encourage submissions that take advantage of these techniques to explore questions related to contentious politics.

We seek papers that seek to leverage these new methods to broaden our understanding of social movements. We anticipate that the submissions will engage with contemporary social movement theory, either by generating and testing new hypotheses or re-evaluating conventional wisdom.

Mobilization publishes research on social and political movements, strikes, riots, protests, insurgencies, revolutions, and other forms of contentious politics. Its goal is to advance the systematic, scholarly, and scientific study of these phenomena, and to provide a forum for the discussion of methodologies, theories, and conceptual approaches across the disciplines of sociology, political science, social psychology, and anthropology. In recognition of the growing interconnectedness of the international community of social movement scholars, of the globalization of protest and protest repertoires, and of the need for crossnational comparison for theoretical advance, Mobilization is an international journal that encourages contributions and subscriptions from the global community of scholars.

Submission Information: Please send submissions to Neal Caren at neal.caren(at) For manuscript preparation guidance see the Mobilization website. All submissions will be evaluated upon receipt and, if judged appropriate, sent to referees for review.