Book Launch Party for Stellan Vinthagen: Conceptualizing Everyday Resistance

December 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Amherst Books 8 Main Street Amherst, MA, USA

Join Dr. Stellan Vinthagen in celebrating his new book published by Routledge: Conceptualizing ‘Everyday Resistance’ A Transdisciplinary Approach, 1st Edition

Dr. Vinthagen 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.

REVIEW; Conceptualizing ‘Everyday Resistance’ offers researchers and students from different theoretical and empirical backgrounds an essential overview of the field and a creative framework that illuminates the potential of all people to transform society."Resistance comes in many different forms. It is ultimately about forming assemblies, engaging in collective and/or individual protests and it involves everything from direct oppositions to delay tactics, refusals to collaborate to the creation of alternatives, et cetera. In addressing 'everyday resistance', this timely and well-written book helps us in filling a gap in our current understanding of resistance (practices) and, by extension, social change. In close dialogue with other important scholars in the field, this illuminating, interesting, inspiring and important book is a needed corrective to the existing literature that provides some coherence and congruity to the emerging field of Resistance Studies. I would recommend it to a wide readership, to anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of current (world) politics." 
— Mikael Baaz, Associate Professor of International Law and Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Gothenburg

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.

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