Targets, Fields, and Tactics: Multi-Institutional Legal Mobilization in the Campaign of the U’wa People in Colombia

Pablo Rueda-Saiz

This article contributes to the literature on law and social movements by analyzing legal mobilization against both state and non-state targets. It focuses on the campaign of the U’wa indigenous people in Colombia as a theory-generating study to explain why changes in campaign targets can promote variations in the areas of law that social movements mobilize, the arenas or venues where they choose to mobilize, and the forms of legal mobilization they deploy. It shows that state and corporate targets provide different opportunities for legal mobilization because they operate within different fields of political, social, and economic life, each with their own field frames, defined as internal sets of norms and values.