Stellan Vinthagen Publications

Selected Publications


2017  Researching Resistance and Social Change A Critical Approach to Theory and Practice, Researching Resistance and Social Change A Critical Approach to Theory and Practice, with Mikael Baaz and Mona Lilja. Rowman & Littlefield (220 pages).

2015  A Theory of Nonviolent Action: How Civil Resistance Works, ZED Books: London. (250 pages). Also published 2016 in Swedish by Irene Publishing, Ed (Motstånd och ickevåld - En sociologisk analys). And self-published 2017 as digital version in German (Eine Theorie der gewaltfreien Aktion: Wie ziviler Widerstand funktioniert), see

2015  Inburad – Svenska fredsaktivister skriver från fängelse [Jailed – Swedish Peace Activists Writes From Prison], with Martin Smedjeback, Annika Spalde, Anna Sternfeldt, Pelle Strindlund (eds.), Irene Publishing: Ed. (I wrote pp. 37-77, out of 184 pages.)

2013   Law, Resistance and Transformation: Social Movements and Legal Strategies in the Indian Narmada Struggle, with Håkan Gustafsson and Patrik Oskarsson. Department of Sociology of Law: Lund University. (196 pages.)

2011   Motståndets väg [Path of Resistance], with Pelle Strindlund. Karneval: Stockholm (344 pages).

Edited Books

2012   Tackling Trident: Academics in Action through Academic Conference Blockades. Main editor (co-editors: Justin Kenrick and Kelvin Mason). Irene Publishing: Ed (360 pages).

2009   Motstånd [Resistance], with Mona Lilja, Liber Förlag: Stockholm (347 pages).

Articles (Peer-reviewed journals)

2018 "Dispersed resistance: unpacking the spectrum and properties of glaring and everyday resistance”, with M. Lilja, Journal of Political Power, pp. 211-229.

2017 “Resisting resettlement in Rwanda: rethinking dichotomies of “survival”/“resistance” and “dominance”/“subordination"”,  with J. Gumira Hahirwa and C. Orjuela, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 11:4, 734-750, DOI: 10.1080/17531055.2017.1388569.

2017 “How resistance encourages resistance: theorizing the nexus between power, ‘Organised Resistance’ and ‘Everyday Resistance’”, with M. Lilja, M. Baaz, M.Schulz. Journal of Political Power, 10:1, pp. 40-54.

2017 “Resistance Studies as an Academic Pursuit”, with M. Lilja and M. Baaz, Journal of Resistance Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 10-28.

2016 “Defining and Analyzing “Resistance”, with M. Baaz, M. Lilja, and M. Schulz, Alternatives, Vol. 41, Issue 3, pp. 137-153.

2015 “Fighting with and against the Time: The Japanese Environmental Movement’s Queering of Time as Resistance”, with M. Lilja and M. Baaz, Journal of Civil Society, Vol. 11, Issue 4, pp. 408-423. DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2015.1112102. 

2015 “Decolonizing Civil Resistance”, with S. Chabot, Mobilization: An International Quarterly: December 2015, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 517-532. DOI:

2015 “Dimensions of Everyday Resistance: The Case of Palestinian Sumūd”, with Anna Johansson, Journal of Political Power, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 109-139, published online on Feb 20. DOI: 10.1080/2158379X.2015.1010803.

2014   “Dimensions of Everyday Resistance: An Analytical Framework,” with Anna Johansson, Critical Sociology, Vol. 42, Issue 3, pp. 417-435, published online on May 12. DOI: 10.1177/0896920514524604.

2014   “Sovereign Power, Disciplinary Power and Biopower: Resisting What Power With What Resistance?” with M. Lilja, 34 pages, Journal of Political Power, 7:1, pp. 107-126.

2013   “‘Everyday Resistance’: Exploration of a Concept & its Theories,” with Anna Johansson, Resistance Studies Magazine, Issue 1: 2013, pp. 1-46.

2013   “Law on the Move - Reflections on Legal Change and Social Movements,” with Håkan Gustafsson. Retfærd: Nordisk Juridisk Tidskrift nr. 2/141, 2013/2, vol. 36, pp. 23-59.

2013   “Exploring Irrational Resistance,” with Mona Lilja and Mikael Baaz, Journal of Political Power, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 201-217.

2013   “Ten Theses on Why We Need a Social Science Panel on Climate Change,” ACME 12(1), pp. 155-176.

2013   “Legal Mobilization and Resistance Movements as Social Constituents of International Law,” Finnish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 21 (2010), pp. 287-327.

2012   “Nonviolent Resistance and Culture,” with Majken Jul Sørensen, Peace & Change, Vol. 37, No. 3, July. pp. 444-470.

2011   “Framväxten av sociala rörelsers globala” [The Emergence of Social Movements’ Global Politics], Sociologisk Forskning, Nr. 1: 2011, pp. 25-50.

2010   “Rättens rörelser och rörelsernas rätt” [The Movement of Law and The Law of Movements], with Håkan Gustafsson, Tidsskrift for Rettsvitenskap, vol. 123, 4 & 5/2010, pp. 637–693. ISSN 0040-7143.

2008   “Strategic Changes and Cultural Adaptations: Explaining Differential Outcomes in the International Plowshares Movement,” with Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of Southern Maine, International Journal of Peace Studies, IPRA, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring/summer, pp. 15-42.   [DOWNLOAD]

2008   “Is the World Social Forum a Democratic Global Civil Society?” Societies without Borders, (v.3, #1), Brill; and in Blau, Judith and Marina Karides, The World and US Social Forums: A Better World Is Possible and Necessary, Brill, Chapter 8, pp. 131-148.   [DOWNLOAD]

2008    “Political Undergrounds: Raging Riots and Everyday Theft as Politics of Normality?” Museion, University of Gothenburg and Museum pages.   [DOWNLOAD]

2008   “Bortom civilisationens kontroll” [Beyond the Control of Civilization], Glänta, 4:07, Gothenburg, pp. 72-78.   [DOWNLOAD]

2007   “Rethinking Nonviolent Action and Contentious Politics: Political Cultures of Nonviolent Opposition in the Indian Independence Movement and Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement,” with Sean Chabot, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Elsevier Sciences/JAI Press, Oxford, Vol. 27, pp. 91-122.   [DOWNLOAD]

2006   “Power as Subordination and Resistance as Disobedience: Nonviolent Movements and the Management of Power,” Asian Journal of Social Science, 34:1, pp. 1-21.

Book Chapters (research and/or educational publications)

2015 “Four Dimensions of Nonviolent Action: A Sociological Perspective”, pp. 258-288 in Kurt Schock (ed.) Civil Resistance: Comparative Perspectives on Nonviolent Struggle. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, Series on Social Movements, Protest & Contention.

2014 “Bortom myten – Gandhis idéer och praktik” [Beyond the Myth – Gandhi’s Ideas and Practice] in Gandhi, Mohandas K. Om ickevåld: Tal, artiklar och brev 1906-1948, M. K. Gandhi, Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur: Umeå, pp. 581-633.

2014   “Aktivismen för global rättvisa och mot marknadsdiktatur” [The Activism For Global Justice and Against Market Dictatorship], in Mats Friberg (ed.) Det hållbara samhället, Liber Förlag: Stockholm. (30 p.)

2010   “En ny sorts dilemma-aktion” [A New Form of Dilemma Action], in Mikael Löfgren (ed.) Ship to Gaza: Bakgrunden. Resan. Framtiden. Leopard Förlag: Stockholm, pp. 183-194.

2009   “Global Movements Facilitating Local Campaigns,” in Unarmed Resistance – The Transnational Factor, Clark, Howard & Rigby, Andrew (eds.), Pluto Press: London, pp. 184-190.

2009   “Power as Subordination and Resistance as Disobedience: Nonviolent Movements and the Management of Power,” in Giri, Ananta Kumar (ed) The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom, SAGE India, pp. 161-183.