The Michigan Journal of Law and Society invites student scholarship and book review submissions for its second issue on the theme of Law & Social Movements. Submissions for book reviews are due to email@example.com by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, December 21, 2022. Submissions for student scholarship are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Please view our submissions page for more detail.
Social movements intersect with the law in important and complicated ways. The law can provide a vocabulary of resistance, facilitate the formation of collective identities, and provide a pathway for expanding rights. It can also constrain and influence behavior, stifle change, and hinder social mobilization.
To facilitate dialogue at a moment when social movements continue to both engage the law and find ways to circumvent legal frameworks, the Michigan Journal of Law & Society invites student scholarship submissions that explore the various intersections between law and social-reform movements. We will not place spatial or temporal limits on submissions. Possible topics for entries include, but are not limited to:
- What are the benefits and risks of institutionalizing social movements?
- How do social movements emerge and interact through cross-border or transnational activism?
- In what ways have the organizing tactics of social movements been transformed by various new media, from print to the internet, and how has it shaped movement strategy?
- What are the costs associated with using the legal system as a channel for achieving social change? How have different social movements understood, articulated, and navigated these costs/limits?
- How do social movements utilize, shape, or subvert legal structures?
- How have social movements become conversant in legal terminology in order to shape the law?
- In the past, what tools have states utilized to suppress social-reform efforts? Are these tools different from the ones used today?
- In what ways, if any, have movements of the right and of the left differed in their use of and interactions with the law?
- To what extent do social-reform movements collaborate? Does intergroup interaction affect movement intersectionality and the law?
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