The Encyclopedia will be composed of 350-400 essays, ranging from five hundred to five thousand words.
General Introduction: The Encyclopedia’s Editors will prepare a 10,000 word Introduction that presents an overview of the phenomena of protest and reform throughout U.S. history.A key feature of this Introduction will be a section on the “Theories of Social Reform Movements,” describing the major theories of various academic disciplines used to describe and analyze reform movements. Entries in this section will examine and evaluate different approaches to the study of collective action; understanding the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts from which protest developed; and uncovering what protest and reform movements reveal about the nature of American society and its response to demands for change. These entries will examine and evaluate different approaches to the study of collective action; explore the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts from which protest developed; and uncover what protest and reform movements reveal about the nature of American society and its response to collective demands for change.
The main body of the Encyclopedia will be organized by a series of alphabetically-presented chapters, addressing such key movements and topics as abolitionism, animal rights, anti-war and pacifism, Civil Rights, communitarianism environmentalism, LGBT rights, health care reform, human rights, labor rights, media reform, Populism, Progressivism, public education reform, religious benevolence, the Radical Right, socialism and political radicalism, temperance, and women’s rights.
Types of Entries
Each of these Chapters will contain:
1). An Introductory Overview, of approximately 5,000 words.
2) Theory of the reform: Additional longer entries, ranging from 2-5,000 words, will analyze the particular reform in light of varying political sociological theories and social movement theories.
3).Historical Development entries:a series of mid-length entries of 1-2,000 words, describing the key phases in the history of the particular reform movement.
4). Key Moments entries: These short entries of 500-1,000 words will present sketches of the most significant incidents in that reform movement.
5). Intersections entries: These mid-length entries of 1-2,000 words, will address the “intersections” of the particular reform movement with other contemporary movements for change.
6). Legacy/Future of Reform: Each chapter will conclude with a particularly valuable entry of 2-5,000 words assessing the potential future of reform efforts in that area. Each entry will conclude with: (1) a list of cross-references to related Encyclopedia entries; and (2) a brief list of “Suggested Readings,” prepared by the entries’ authors.
The Encyclopedia will conclude with an assortment of materials prepared by the Editors. The Editors will prepare a Timeline, which will allow readers to follow the chronological evolution of the various reform movements.In addition, the Editors will provide a Glossary of key terms used by scholars in various disciplines to analyze the development of social movements. Finally the Editors will provide a Bibliography of what they judge as the most significant scholarly writing on the subject of American Reform Movements. The Encyclopedia will conclude with a List of Contributors, supplying their academic affiliation, a Bibliography, and an Index.