Is Moby only 25 years old? It so quickly established itself as the house organ for social movement research and theorizing that one might be forgiven for thinking that it had been around for much longer. As a newly-minted PhD in 1995, I certainly was under that impression. Nor did I realize at the time how influential Mobilization was in bringing the study of ideas, beliefs, values—culture—firmly into the study of social movements. I lucked out, though, since that was exactly what I was interested in.
Author Archives: Mobilizing Ideas
While many outstanding articles have been published in the journal Mobilization, one article stands out to me personally as having been exceptionally influential on my own work: “Coalitions and Political Context: U.S. Movements Against Wars in Iraq”, October 2005, by David S. Meyer and Catherine Corrigall-Brown.
BY Jeff Goodwin
I’d like to take this occasion to celebrate one of the most interesting and, it turns out, unusual articles published in Mobilization over the past quarter century. It is not, alas, one of the more highly cited articles published in Mobilization. But I think that says more about us readers of Mobilization than about the article. And what it says about us is not very flattering.
It is an honor to be asked to reflect on Celebrating 25 Years of Mobilization. As a scholar of gender and social movements in the Middle East, I appreciate that Mobilization is not only one of the top journals for publishing in this field but that its goal “…is to provide a forum for global, scholarly dialogue”. In particular, Mobilization has been instrumental in bringing scholarship on social movements and uprisings in the Middle East to the attention of the global social science community. I am grateful to Mobilization for not only publishing our co-authored article on anti-harassment activism in Egypt (Rizzo, Price, and Meyer 2012) but for adding our article to the 2012 special issue on “Understanding The Middle East Uprisings” with Charles Kurzman as guest editor. Mobilization was one of the first to have a special issue focusing on the uprisings in the Middle East. It included several articles on Egypt looking at the interplay of structure and agency through the Tahrir protests (Holmes 2012), the Ultra soccer fans (Dorsey 2012), and our article on the anti-sexual harassment campaign (Rizzo et al. 2012) as well as an article on the onset of Syria’s popular uprising (Leenders 2012) and Iran’s 2009 Green Movement (Harris 2012).
This year, the journal Mobilization is turning 25. The first issue of Mobilization was published in 1996 at a time when social movement researchers had a lot of great ideas, but limited options for publishing cutting edge research papers in a journal that directly targeted the growing community of social movement scholars. Mobilization is unusual, too, in that it was founded and is still owned and operated by a leading social movement scholar, Hank Johnston (currently at San Diego State University)—rather than some large publishing corporation. It is currently edited by Neal Caren and Marco Giugni and Maria Grasso serve as the European editors.
This month, we have ten outstanding contributors. Many thanks for their contributions on this topic:
- María Inclán, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) (essay).
- Suzanne Staggenborg, University of Pittsburgh (essay).
- Sarah Gaby, Washington University in St. Louis (essay).
- Fabio Rojas, Indiana University (essay).
- Greg Prieto, University of San Diego (video).
- Chandra Russo, Colgate University (essay).
- Jeff Goodwin, New York University (essay).
- Helen Mary Rizzo, American University in Cairo (essay).
- Michael T. Heaney, University of Glasgow and University of Michigan (essay).
- Francesca Polletta, University of California Irvine (essay).
We also have some other contributors on this topic, please check Vol.I last month.
Editors in Chief,
Rory McVeigh, David Ortiz, Guillermo Trejo, and Grace Yukich
Mobilization has been integral to my scholarly trajectory. It provided my first engagement with the peer review process and has helped me to chart the development of social movement studies over the past 25 years. What I find most valuable about Mobilization are the many rich moments in the journal’s life in which different thinkers have taken stock and invited us to do the same, helping to identify what our field does well and how we can do better. Mobilization’s status as a pre-eminent archive of social movement scholarship is even more admirable for being an independent endeavor. (Apologies, Hank, that it took two years to get my own institution’s library to finally subscribe!!)