The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

Benjamin Abrams, University College London
Giovanni A. Travaglino, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Subjects: Protest Movements, Social Movements, Social Theory, Political Theory


Contention is indexed/abstracted in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS), and Scopus (Elsevier).

Volume 8 / 2020, 2 issues per volume (summer, winter)

Aims & Scope

Contention is dedicated to research on social protest, collective action and contentious politics. As a multidisciplinary journal, Contention’s mission is to bridge scholarly divides and promote knowledge exchange across a diverse audience of scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The journal publishes articles by academics and practitioners on topics spanning the full range of social and political contention.

Contention welcomes research articles that expand our knowledge of contentious politics and social protest, as well as novel theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions. The journal also publishes critical review articles, as well as book reviews of new or noteworthy texts.

Examples of suitable topics for Contention include but are not limited to:

  • Comparative studies of social movements
  • Analyses of revolutions or revolutionary waves
  • Quantitative research on protest
  • Ethnographic and historical analyses of past or present instances of contention
  • Social and political theory or methodology
  • Sociopsychological analysis of social protest and collective action
  • Pedagogical implications of social change
  • Legal and economic implications of social movements
  • Artistic or literary dimensions of social protest
  • In-depth empirical reports on recent protests or social movements
  • Movement-writing by practitioners and organizers


Contention is indexed/abstracted in:

European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
Scopus (Elsevier)


Benjamin Abrams, University College London
Giovanni A. Travaglino, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen)

Associate Editors
Saheed Aderinto, Western Carolina University
Jeffrey Butcher, College of Coastal Georgia
Brian Callan, Goldsmith, University of London
Barbara Franchi, University of Kent
Peter R. Gardner, University of Aberdeen
Bob Jeffrey, Sheffield Hallam University
Matthew Ogilvie, Canterbury Christ Church University
Rim Saab, American University of Beirut
Felicity Turner-Zwinkels, University of Lausanne
Adriano Zamperini, University of Padua

Advisory Board
Manuel Castells, University of Cambridge
Donatella Della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore
John Drury, University of Sussex
Bob Edwards, East Carolina University
Howard Giles, University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter Grant, University of Saskatchewan
Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
John Jost, New York University
Alice Mattoni, Scuola Normale Superiore
Giovanni Piazza, University of Catania
Chris Pickvance, University of Kent
Stephen Reicher, University of St Andrews
Conny Roggeband, University of Amsterdam
Christopher Rootes, University of Kent

Manuscript Submissions

Please review the submission and style guide carefully before submitting.

Contention accepts research articles with novel findings, critical review articles (5,000 to 9,000 words, including notes and references), theoretical essays, and book reviews (800 to 1,200 words). Contention also accepts commentaries aiming at increasing interdisciplinary debate between authors. Academics may propose a commentary to one of the articles published or may be invited by the editors to comment on an article submitted for publication.

Please submit articles using the online system at

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Special Issues

Contention will also take into consideration opportunities to publish special thematic issues. The journal editors, who invited guest editors, or scholars in the field can initiate special issues. To propose an idea for a special issue that you would like to guest edit, contact the editors at to discuss the suitability and details of the project.

Book Reviews

Please see the general Contention submission guide for formatting, style, and submission details.

Contention welcomes reviews of new books, articles, and conference papers or, exceptionally, of new editions of older influential books. Reviews should be 800 to 1,200 words.

Each review should be accompanied by a cover page with the following information:

Name of Author (or Editor), Book Title, Place of Publication, Publisher, Year of Publication, ISBN: 000-0-000000-0, Number of Pages, Hardback or Paperback, Price

The review should provide a short and clear overview of the work's content, as well as an estimation about its intended audience. In like with Contention's multidisciplinary audience, book reviews that link two or more fields of research or that illustrates the benefit of a book for relevant disciplines are especially welcomed.

The review should also be a critical evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the book, with the intellectual vigorousness, accuracy, and the high standards expected in any academic article. These evaluations can consider methodological concerns, evidence provided for the argument, and comparisons with other works on related subjects, where appropriate. Contention aims to publish book reviews that are more than mere descriptions of the work.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in Contention certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Contention ethics statement.

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