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How Resistance Encourages Resistance: Theorising the nexus between Power, Everyday Resistance and Organized Resistance

Journal article
Authors Mona Lilja
Mikael Baaz
Michael Schulz
Stellan Vinthagen
Published in Journal of Political Power
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 40-54
ISSN 2158-379X
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Department of Law
Department of Sociology and Work Science
Pages 40-54
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/2158379X.2017.12...
Subject categories Sociology, Other Social Sciences

Abstract

Over the last decades, the concept of ‘resistance’ has gained considerable traction as a tool for critically exploring subaltern practices in relation to power. Few researchers, however, have elaborated on the inter-linkage of shifting forms of resistance; and above all, how acts of everyday resistance entangle with more organised and sometimes mass-based resistance activities. In this paper these entanglements are analysed by taking into consideration the connections between articulations of resistance and technologies of power. Based on experiences from Cambodia, empirical observations are theorised in order to provide better theoretical tools for searching and investigating the inter-linkage between different resistance forms that contribute to social change. In addition, it is argued that modalities of power and its related resistance must be understood, or theorised, in relation to the concepts of ‘agency’, ‘self-reflexivity’ and ‘techniques of the self’.

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