CFP: Research in Political Sociology

1. Call for papers: Research in Political Sociology, vol. 26:  The Politics of Land
Volume editor:  Tim Bartley, Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Submission deadline:  February 12, 2018
The politics of land are vital.  Within the U.S., they stretch from fights over fracking, pipelines, and public land to dynamics of residential segregation, gentrification, and neighborhood succession.  In many other parts of the world, land grabs, dispossession, transformations of agriculture, sovereignty struggles, and border conflicts have repeatedly put land at the center of both electoral and contentious politics.  And yet, political sociologists rarely analyze land explicitly.
This volume of Research in Political Sociology seeks to carve out space for a political sociology of land.  The study of land has the potential to bring together a variety of topics in political sociology, including nationalism, violent conflict, state-building, policy development and implementation, social movements/contentious politics, local growth machines, community mobilization, populism, political culture, regulation, neoliberalism, transnational governance, and the cross-cutting influence of categorical inequalities of race, ethnicity, gender, and beyond.  In addition, the study of land can bring political sociology into greater dialogue with research on urban inequality, rural restructuring, environmental change, land tenure, indigeneity, migration, development, global dispossession, finance, and taxation.
The volume editor seeks well-crafted research covering a variety of topics, locations, theories/research programs, and methods.  This might, for example, include case studies of particular struggles over land; quantitative analyses of variation in the control, use, or political ramifications of land; historical inquiries into land distribution or partitioning; and ethnographic or interview-based studies of the intertwining of land, politics, and citizenship.  This list is meant be suggestive but not restrictive.  While topically diverse, the contributions should speak in some fashion to core issues in political sociology pertaining to power, institutions, mobilization, and/or governance.
Research in Political Sociology, a yearly series published by Emerald Press, seeks to publish original, high quality, peer-reviewed manuscripts to increase our understanding of political structures and processes.  As one of the few journals devoted to political sociology, Research in Political Sociology holds an important place in the discipline for both elaborating existing research programs and charting new agendas.  To see the editorial advisory board and contents of recent volumes, see
Research in Political Sociology is indexed by Scopus, SocINDEX, Sociological Abstracts, and Political Science Complete, and Emerald’s guidelines allow authors to post the accepted version of their manuscript (along with a DOI for the official published version) in an institutional repository or personal website upon publication.
Logistics and timeline:
The volume editor intends to make this an efficient peer-reviewed publication process.  Submissions are due by February 12, 2018, or sooner if authors have a relevant paper ready.  Following an initial screening by the editor, papers will be sent for peer review, with the intention of having reviews and decisions completed by mid-April.  The final versions of accepted papers will be due over the summer, and the volume will be published in late 2018 or early 2019.
Please submit your paper as a Word document by email to Tim Bartley at (please note the T in the email address).  Papers should be no more than 14,000 words (including all text, references, tables, and footnotes), and include an abstract of 100-150 words.  In your email, please suggest two (but no more than two) relevant and appropriate reviewers.

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