New publication in Law & Society Review

In March 2015, NCHS’ Julieta Lemaitre and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO) published the article ‘Shifting Frames, Vanishing Resources, and Dangerous Political Opportunities: Legal Mobilization among Displaced Women in Colombia’ in the journal Law & Society Review.

In their three-year multi-method study, the authors have followed internally displaced women’s organizations as they demanded government assistance and protection in Colombia. Exploring how the use of legal claim and tactics under conditions of internal displacement and armed conflict can be understood, the authors argue that “in violent contexts mobilization frames are unstable and constantly shifting, resources tend to vanish, and political opportunities often imply considerable physical danger.”  The article contributes to decentering theories of social movement uses of law – which tend to focus on the legal cultures and institutions of industrialized liberal democracies, rather than those of the Global South.

The article ‘Shifting Frames, Vanishing Resources, and Dangerous Political Opportunities: Legal Mobilization among Displaced Women in Colombia’ is available here.