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The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

Aims & Scope

New in 2017!

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

Current Issue

Contention 6(2) – Winter 2018

Benjamin Abrams and Giovanni Travaglino


1968 – The Resonant Memory of a Rebellious Year
Donatella della Porta

Protest Wave or Protest Spike? An Examination of European Protest Activity, 2008–2012
Matthew Schoene

A State of Force: The Repressive Policing of Contention in Queensland under Frederic Urquhart
Paul Bleakley

How Can Social Movements Help Defend Democracy?
Srdja Popovi?, and Slobodan Djinovic


Modern Revolutions and Beyond: A Response to John Dunn
Hugo Slim

Reply to Hugo Slim
John Dunn

The End of Revolution, and its Means: Processual and Programmatic Approaches to Revolution in the Dunn/Slim Debate
Benjamin Abrams

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