Two spinning wheels: Studying law and social movements

Scott Barclay, Lynn C. Jones, Anna-maria Marshall

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Those interested in studying the relationship between law and social movements have a wide variety of theoretical and empirical research to draw on, from both social movement theory and legal studies. Yet these disparate studies of law and social movements rarely engage with each other. In this chapter, we review current developments in research on law and social movements and summarize the chapters in this special issue. These chapters offer insight into the multivalent nature of law for social movements, the factors shaping movements’ strategic engagements with the legal system, the relationship between law and identity for social movement activists, and the complex role that cause lawyers play in social movement processes and dynamics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalStudies in Law Politics and Society
StatePublished - 2011


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