Aims and Scope

The contention is a scientific journal which aims to offer a novel contribution to the study of social protest. The journal intends to advance knowledge about a comprehensive range of collective actions, social movements and other forms of political and social contention. Its main purposes are to offer a multidisciplinary forum to scholars from different fields and to bridge the gap between them, within and across the social sciences and humanities.

While recognizing the importance of the contribution that the increasing specialization of knowledge has brought to the understanding of social phenomena, Contention aims to reconstruct the fragmentation of the scientific discourse by offering in each issue a coherent but diversified range of articles from different theoretical, methodological and philosophical approaches. The principal editors will introduce and bridge the themes addressed in the articles selected for publication. In addition, the journal will host commentaries and debates on the different research questions arising throughout the issues. Particularly welcomed will be critical cross-fertilization between scholars of different fields.

The contention is directed to a varied audience, including scholars and students from the arts and the social sciences, and in general to individuals with a scientific and applied interest in the topic of social protest and collective actions. The journal has an extensive editorial team of scholars from different fields and from around the world in order to ensure a multidisciplinary focus.

Contention welcomes contributions from all scholars, including postgraduate students. The journal will consider theoretical and methodological contributions, critical review of the current literature in relevant fields, research articles that expand our basic knowledge on and about the antecedents and the consequences of collective actions. Examples of suitable papers include but are not limited to historical analysis of past and present collective movements; social and political theory; socio-psychological analysis of the cognitive and emotional correlates of social protests; methodology of the study of social movements; pedagogical implications of social change; legal and economic implications and considerations; and art through and from social movements.

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