Early January Announcements

Hello Fellow CBSM Section Members!

Here are some announcements for the New Year.   Also, please keep in mind the open submission sessions of the CBSM section as you put the final touches on your ASA submissions for the San Francisco meeting!

1. Mobilizing Ideas: Social Movement Failure Round 2—Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers.

2. The Socialist Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance—Peter Dreier.

3. CFP, Manchester Social Movements Conference—Colin Barker.

4. Student Paper Competition—Society for the Study of Social Problems.

All the best,


1. Mobilizing Ideas: Social Movement Failure Round 2—Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers.

New Mobilizing Ideas Essay Dialogue: Social Movement Failure Round 2

Mobilizing Ideas‘ January essay dialogue is a follow up to December’s focus on why some social movements fail. We have asked social movement scholars to reflect on the following: What are the key reasons that some movements never take off or fizzle out before succeeding? What are we missing if we ignore social movement failures? How should we understand failure, what is the role of intentional and unintentional outcomes, and how do we measure failed movements?

Last month’s first round of essays brought up a variety of ideas and solutions to understanding social movement failure, and we have asked contributors to the second round to weave some reactions to points raised in the previous posts into their original insights on the topic.

Contributors to the second round of essays on this topic include: Joel Beinin(Stanford University), Rachel Einwohner (Purdue University), and William Gamson (Boston College).

Our goal is to stimulate scholarly debate and discussion around this important topic, so please share your reactions to these posts in the comments section.

2. The Socialist Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance—Peter Dreier.

During these days of shopping madness and conspicuous consumerism, it makes sense to remind ourselves that Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist, wrote the “Pledge of Allegiance” in 1892 as an antidote to Gilded Age greed,  misguided materialism, and hyper-individualism. But you’d never know that by reading CNN contributor Bob Greene’s column earlier this week called  “The Peculiar History of the Pledge of Allegiance. “  He sort of air-brushed Bellamy’s politics out of that history. This is typical of how pundits and politicians often rewrite and distort history to reflect their own peculiar views. So I’ve written this column, *“The Socialist Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance,” <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/pledge-of-allegiance-origins_b_4497369.html> *for *Huffington Post* today, to remind us of the continuing relevance of this iconic statement of progressive patriotism.

3.  CFP, Manchester Social Movements Conference—Colin Barker.


From 1995 to 2013, Manchester Metropolitan University hosted a series of very successful annual international conferences on ‘ALTERNATIVE FUTURES and POPULAR PROTEST’.

We’re very happy to announce that the Nineteenth AF&PP Conference will be held, between Monday 14th April and Wednesday 16th April 2014.

The Conference rubric remains as in previous years. The aim is to explore the dynamics of popular movements, along with the ideas which animate their activists and supporters and which contribute to shaping their fate. Given the significance of the mass movements in numbers of countries during the early years of this decade, we especially welcome papers discussing these – while no less welcoming suggestions on other topics.

Reflecting the inherent cross-disciplinary nature of the issues, previous participants (from over 60 countries) have come from such specialisms as sociology, politics, cultural studies, social psychology, economics,  history and geography.  The Manchester conferences have also been notable for discovering a fruitful and friendly meeting ground between activism and academia.


We invite offers of papers relevant to the conference themes.  Papers should address such matters as:

* contemporary and historical social movements and popular protests

* social movement theory

* utopias and experiments

* ideologies of collective action

* etc.

To offer a paper, please contact either of the conference convenors with a brief abstract:

EITHER Colin Barker, Dept. of Sociology

OR Mike Tyldesley, Dept. of Politics and Philosophy

Manchester Metropolitan University

Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond Street West

Manchester M15 6LL, England

email: c.barker@mmu.ac.uk

Tel: M. Tyldesley  0161 247 3460

email: m.tyldesley@mmu.ac.uk

Fax: 0161 247 6769 (+44 161 247 6769)

(Wherever possible, please use email, especially as Colin Barker is a retired gent. Surface mail and faxes should only be addressed to Mike Tyldesley)   


Those giving papers are asked to supply them in advance, for inclusion on a CD of the complete papers which will be available from the conference opening.

Preferred method: send the paper to Colin Barker as an email attachment in MS Word. Any separate illustrations etc. should be placed at the end of the paper, in .jpg format.

* if this is impossible, post a copy of the text to Mike Tyldesley on a CD disk in MS Word format

* Final date for receipt of abstracts: Monday 17th March 2014

* Final date for receipt of actual papers: Monday 24th March 2014


The conference will run from lunch-time Monday 14th April until after lunch on Wednesday 16th April.

Cost, inclusive of three lunches, teas/coffees and copies of the Proceedings on CD, will be £150 (students and unwaged £80).

4.  Student Paper Competition—SSSP.

The Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in cooperation with the Sage journal Critical Sociology announces its 2014 Graduate Student Paper Competition. The goal is to encourage critical scholarship in the areas of global or transnational studies and social problems. Suggested paper topics include but are not limited to the following themes:

•    Transnational Public Sociology

•    Knowledge Production about Globalization

•    Democratizing Globalization

•    The Politics of Human Rights

•    Re-imagining Community

•    Critical and/or Institutional Ethnography and Global Governance

•    Transnational Corporate Accountability

•    Immigration, Citizenship, and Global Justice

•    Globalization and Environmental Justice

•    Transnational Movements

•    Transnational Organizing within the Global South

•    Gender Issues in Globalization

•    Transnational Families.

Jointly-authored papers are accepted, but all contributing authors must be current graduate students or have graduated not prior to September 1, 2014.  Published papers are also accepted but must have first been published after January 1, 2013.  The award recipient will receive student membership in the SSSP, conference registration at the 2014 Annual SSSP Meeting in San Francisco, a ticket to the SSSP awards banquet and a $400 prize (this award has been made possible in part by support from the Sage Journal Critical Sociology).  Award recipients are expected to present their paper at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Winning papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in Critical Sociology.  Papers must be submitted electronically in a format compatible with MS WORD and authors should ensure that they receive a confirmation of receipt for their submission. Although faculty sponsorship is not formally required to enter the competition, participants are invited to request a note from a faculty member or independent scholar that speaks to the academic quality of the submission and they should be emailed directly to the address below.  Note: Previous winners of this award are ineligible to compete.  Papers should be double-spaced and not exceed 10,000 words including citations.  To be eligible for consideration, submissions must be uploaded to the online submission system for the SSSP Annual Meeting and must also be sent to Dr. Tony Roshan Samara at tsamara@gmu.edu by January 31, 2014.