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Bringing Down Divides

Special Issue of Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change Commemorating the Work of Gregory Maney (1967 – 2017)

The notion of divide is a central concept in the social sciences. Relevant to various levels of human interactions, divides lie at the core of many causal social mechanisms (e.g. dissociation, boundary activation, and category and stereotype formation). Divides reflect interactions of separation and polarization; they also shape and reflect cultural codes, social practices and organizations, and institutional norms and policies. As a sociologist working in the fields of social movements, peace, conflicts, and community-engaged scholarship, Greg Maney made the study of divides and attempts to challenge divides his research focus. Maney was interested in how ordinary people mobilize to challenge institutional norms, practices, and policies that legitimize and preserve divides, as well as how state actors and other powerholders react to these challenges. Seeing the applied potential of this field, Maney also pushed academics to connect with practitioners and policymakers in the pursuit of publically engaged scholarship.

Celebrating Greg’s work, we seek articles that offer new ways to research and theorize attempts to challenge divides, focusing on three major types of divides:

  • Attributional, by which we mean a quality or feature of people around which resources, rights, and powers are distributed unequally (e.g. race, gender, and ethno-nationality);
  • Epistemological, by which we mean types, productions, and usages of knowledge over which contests and conflicts occur, (e.g. academic vs. activist; scientific vs. experiential; and mainstream vs. alternative media); and,
  • Ideological, by which we mean systems of meanings, ideas, and beliefs and how they may divide and polarize people (e.g. conservative vs. progressive, pro-life vs. pro-choice, and antiwar vs. pro-war).

Respecting Greg Maney’s versatile approach to research, we value no specific research design (qualitative or quantitative; idiographic or nomothetic) or types of conflicts or social movements. Rather, we welcome diversity in submissions. Following the long-standing approach of the RSMCC series, we will privilege data-driven research papers over interpretive or conceptual pieces. Send submissions by August 1, 2018 as a WORD document to one of the co-editors of this volume, Eitan Alimi ([email protected]) or Lisa Leitz ([email protected]) for consideration in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, an annual peer-reviewed volume of research, Volume 43: Bringing Down the Divides.

RSMCC is a fully peer-reviewed series of original research published annually for over 40 years. We continue to publish the work of many of the leading scholars in social movements, social change, nonviolent action, and peace and conflict studies. Although RSMCC enjoys a wide library subscription base for the book versions, all volumes are published not only in book form but are also online through the Emerald Social Science eBook Series Collection via subscribing libraries. This ensures wider distribution and easier access to your scholarship while maintaining the book series at the same time.

To be considered for inclusion in Volume 43, papers must arrive by August 1, 2018.  Earlier submissions are welcomed. Decisions are generally made within 10-12 weeks. For initial submissions, any standard social science in-text citation and bibliographic system is acceptable. Remove all self-references in the text and in the bibliography. Word counts should generally not exceed 10,000 words, inclusive of all supplemental materials (abstract, tables, bibliography, notes, etc.). Include the paper’s title and an unstructured abstract on the first page of the text itself. Send a second file that contains the article title, the unstructured abstract, and full contact information for all authors.