The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

Benjamin Abrams, University College London
Giovanni A. Travaglino, University of Kent

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).

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 8 (2020): Issue 2 (Dec 2020)

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, UK
Giovanni A. Travaglino, University of Kent, UK

Deputy Chief Editors
Brian Callan, Goldsmiths, University of LondonUK
Peter R. Gardner, University of YorkUK

Associate Editors
Robyn Gulliver, University of Queensland, Australia
Kai Heron, University of Manchester, UK
Matthew Ogilvie, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Adrian Paukstat, Augsburg University, Germany
Rose Rickford, University of York, UK
Rim Saab, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Felicity Turner-Zwinkels, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Emily Westwell, Keele University, UK

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


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.

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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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