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Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

ISSN: 0163-786X

Editor: Dr Patrick G. Coy
Subject: Sociology and Public Policy (view other series in this subject area)Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index logo. Scopus logo.
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Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change publishes top-level peer-reviewed research that has helped define and advance scholarship in social movements, conflict resolution, and social and political change for more than 35 years.

The series was established in 1977 by editor, Louis Kriesberg, the Maxwell Professor of Social Conflict Studies at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Today the RSMCC series continues its leading role as an important outlet for quantitative and qualitative data-driven research. The acceptance rate for submissions to the series since Volume 32 in 2010 is a modest 23%.
Many leading scholars have published their work in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, including Elise Boulding, John Burton, Amitai Etzioni, Myra Marx Ferree, John Foran, Johan Galtung, William Gamson, Andre Gunder Frank, Craig Jenkins, Lester Kurtz, Jane Mansbridge, Doug McAdam, John D. McCarthy, Alberto Melucci, David Meyer, Christopher Mitchell, Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Pamela Oliver, Karl Dieter Opp, Sarah Soule, Suzanne Staggenborg, Jackie Smith, David Snow, Verta Taylor, Charles Tilly, and Mayer Zald.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change creates new knowledge about central aspects of human life: why and how we organize into movements for political and social change, and why and how we engage social conflicts. Social movement scholars have used the RSMCC series to tackle cutting edge problems in advancing social movement theory while other scholars have used the series to explore new frontiers in conflict resolution or nonviolent studies.

Papers published in RSMCC are double blind peer-reviewed. For more details about Emerald's approach to Publication Ethics; please refer to the company guidelines.

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Just Published

Narratives of Identity in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 40
Guest edited by Landon E. Hancock, Kent State University

This volume is divided into two parts. Part I presents a series of cases that tie together narratives of being, knowing and contestation surrounding the claiming of identity for the self or the categorization of the other. It does this by exploring narratives to claim identities and assert agency; showing us the dialectic between dominant forces and those who would challenge existing narratives about place, identity or space. Part II continues RSMCC's tradition of cutting edge research in social movement formation, conflict and change. These chapters focus on a wide range of social organizations from immigrant movements, to the occupy struggle, to the narratives around the framing and counter-framing of the radical environmental movement. The volume concludes with two chapters focusing on more recent developments in data gathering and analysis to examine changes in how researchers collect and analyze data. Each of the nine chapters engages with notions of identity, whether in the examination of the subject or in the reference to the researcher him or herself.

Protest, Social Movements and Global Democracy Since 2011: New Perspectives, Volume 39
Guest edited by Thomas Davies (City University London), Holly Eva Ryan (University of Sheffield), and Alejandro Milcíades Peña (University of York)

In light of the limited achievements of the Arab Spring and other pro-democracy movements, this volume examines and unpacks arguments that these protests represent both a new phase and new prospects for democratic mobilization. The volume engages with new theoretical and methodological perspectives and illuminates novel aspects of transnational social movement dynamics, such as the evolving role of information technology, deterritorialisation and government counter-responses.

Past Volumes

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 38
Edited by Patrick G. Coy, Kent State University

Intersectionality and Social Change, Volume 37
Guest edited by Lynne Woehrle, Mount Mary University

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 36
Edited by Patrick G. Coy, Kent State University

Review of RSMCC

"A venerable series started by Louis Kreisberg...this is perhaps the longest running annual social movement research series. Social movement scholars have come to rely on the series for solid innovations in theory, and valuable empirical contributions to the literature on diverse movements and conflicts. Editor Coy, of the Center for Applied Management at Kent State, brings together a talented group of social scientists (overwhelmingly sociologists) to investigate the intersection of three of the most important issues in social movement studies...Scholars working on political change and social movements are fortunate to have this series' annual volumes in order to stay up with the latest research. I am already looking forward to next year's edition."
Professor Steven Breyman, writing in Contemporary Sociology

Editorial contact and submissions

Series Editor
Patrick G. Coy
Kent State University

Kim Chadwick

Send article submissions as a WORD document via email to Patrick Coy, Remove all self-references (in text and in bibliography) save for on the title page, which should include full contact information for all authors. Include the paper’s title and the abstract on the first page of the text itself. For initial submissions, any standard social science in-text citation and bibliographic system is acceptable. Decisions are commonly made within 8-10 weeks.

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