CFP, Sociological Focus, Special Issue on Black Movements—Joyce M. Bell

Sociological Focus

Special Issue on Black Movements

Edited by Joyce M. Bell

Sociological Focus invites papers for a special issue on black social movements. This special issue offers scholars an opportunity to both re-examine old movements and to bring new movements to our attention.  Social movement theory has made significant advances in understanding how social movements relate to, affect and are shaped by a variety of social phenomena. Much of that theory was developed through a study of the black civil rights movement in the US, which means that we know less about other black movement formations. Even less attention has been paid to how racism and racial inequality keep shaping black social movements long beyond their emergence.  Papers in this issue should focus on contemporary or historical movement formations that are explicitly created by black people, aimed at black issues, and/or rooted in black political traditions. We are particularly interested in papers that examine black movements against racism and racial inequality in all areas of social life both in the US and globally. We welcome papers that use a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Black feminist movement

Black movements in Europe

Black movements in Latin America

Black movements in the United States

Black movements within organizations

Black radicalism

Black Arts movement

Black Power movement

Black nationalism

Civil Rights Movement

Environmental justice movement

Movements against the prison industrial complex

Movements to free political prisoners

Relationships between black movements and other areas of sociological study: education, the arts, family, the life-course, organizations, politics, religion, work, etc.

Relationships between black movements and other movements

Theorizing race and social movements

This special issue will be edited by Joyce M. Bell (, a member of the Sociological Focus editorial board. The editor welcomes submissions engaged with sociological studies of social movements, race, and black movement formations from early career through established scholars.

The word limit for articles is 8,000 words, including bibliography. All manuscripts must be submitted through ScholarOne and are subject to the normal double-anonymous refereeing process, but potential authors are welcome to discuss their ideas in advance with the Editor. The deadline for submitting papers is Friday, February 21st. Please submit at and choose the special issue under manuscript type.