Book Launch Party for Stellan Vinthagen: Conceptualizing Everyday Resistance
December 9, 2019
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
ProfessorVinthagen will give a brief talk and have time for discussion.
Everyday resistance is about the many ways people undermine power and domination through their routine and everyday actions. Unlike open rebellions or demonstrations, it is typically hidden, not politically articulated, and often ingenious. But because of its disguised nature, it is often poorly understood as a form of politics and its potential underestimated.
Conceptualizing ‘Everyday Resistance’ presents an analytical framework and theoretical tools to understand the entanglements of everyday power and resistance. Johansson and Vinthagen argue that everyday resistance is best understood by accounting for different repertoires of tactics, relations between actors and struggles around constructions of time and space. Through a critical dialogue with the work of James C. Scott, Michel de Certeau and Asef Bayat, they aim to reconstruct the field of resistance studies, expanding what counts as resistance and building systematic analysis.
Stellan Vinthagen is Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance and Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A council member of War Resisters’ International, academic adviser to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), he is co-founder of the Resistance Studies Network and editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies. Since 1980, he has been an educator, organizer and activist and has participated in more than thirty nonviolent civil disobedience actions, for which he has served in total more than one year in prison.
Refreshments will be served