Social movement consequences have become an increasingly important area of study, but the current literature overlooks implementation and treats law, organizations, and culture as separate areas of inquiry. This study offers a new perspective on consequences by taking a socio-legal approach that considers how law is constructed and enacted in professional fields and how legal and professional logics intersect to influence professional decision making. Drawing on ethnographic interviews, surveys, and content analysis about the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) conflict in pharmacy, I find that professional logics largely supersede legal ones to influence decision making and that organizational positioning and perceived policy affect collective goods distribution. These forces diminish the power of pro-choice and anti-abortion laws as professionals interpret, construct, and ignore the law in daily practice. The concluding discussion emphasizes the importance of considering professionals as targets of social movement action, reconceptualizing collective goods and implementation, and using field theory as methodology.
Contextualizing Consequences: A Socio-Legal Approach to Social Movement Outcomes in Professional Fields
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Elizabeth Chiarello; Contextualizing Consequences: A Socio-Legal Approach to Social Movement Outcomes in Professional Fields. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 December 2013; 18 (4): 429–451. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/maiq.18.4.d0645433x5272652
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