Constructive Resistance: Repetitions, Emotions, and Time

Constructive Resistance: Repetitions, Emotions, and Time

by Mona Lilja


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This book examines constructive resistance practices that range from street protests to the use of photographic images, and displays their role in local and global political processes. By building on a rich selection of interview material and other empirical research, the book elaborates on different cases of constructive resistance, where close attention is paid to the productive qualities that are involved. It offers new perspectives on the undertakings of different epistemic battles that occur around current issues such as gender, nationalism, climate change, migration and the right to land, and explores personal narratives, artistic expressions and public statements that are utilized as means of resistance, and performed in order to negotiate different established truths. More specifically, the book discusses the discursive struggles regarding migrant bodies, where artifacts that pertain to the hardship are presented in Swedish museums; the Preah Vihear temple conflict between Cambodia and Thailand; the border conflict in West Sahara; the self-making of (self-defined) women politicians in Cambodia; and climate activism communication. Through discussions on the importance of figurations, posters, narratives, photographs, artifacts and buildings in the establishing of contemporary discussions and world views, the book inquires how and why these representations are (re)imparted with meaning and the effect that this has. The book does not only illustrate different forms of resistance, but also contributes theoretically to our understanding of repetitions, emotions and time, which are properties that must be embarked upon in order to capture the various dimension of resistance. Given that the type of constructive resistance that is expanded upon is about processes of significations, the time aspect-how alternative truths are repeated and thereby established over time-becomes crucial. And, resistance has a temporality of its own; for example, close authorities are instantly resisted here and now, while meaning-making resistance suffers from the inescapable time-lag of processes of signification. In all forms of resistance, emotions prevail as an important engine of political struggles and, as is displayed in this book, emotions are an important means of constructive resistance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538146484
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2021
Series: Constructive Resistance
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Mona Lilja is a Professor in Peace and Developments Studies at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. Her research interests include Resistance Studies and Gender Studies. Professor Lilja is a founding member of the RESIST research group at the University of Gothenburg, the Resistance Studies Network (RSN) and well a member of the editorial board for The Journal of Resistance Studies. She has published internationally and her papers appear in, for example: Journal of Political Power, Asian Politics and Policy, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Feminist Review, Asian Journal of Political Science, Global Public Health, Signs, European Journal of Political and Cultural Sociology, Conflict and Society, and International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society. Her published monographs include Resisting Gendered Norms: Civil Society, the Juridical and Political Space in Cambodia and Power (Routledge, 2016) and Resistance and Women Politicians in Cambodia (Nias Press, 2008).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Roland Bleiker
1. Constructive Resistance: Emotions, Repetitions, and Time
2. Resistance and Repetition: The Emotional Construction of Preah Vihear Temple Replicas
3. Constructive Resistance: Communicating Dissent through Repetitions
4. Layer-Cake Figurations and Resistance in Cambodia
5. Dangerous Bodies, Matter, and Emotions: Public Assemblies and Embodied Resistance
6. Constructive Resistance as Emotional Reality Effects: Strategies of Representation of the Japanese Civil Society
7. Artifacts, Affects, and Authenticity: Constructive Resistance in Museum Spaces
8. Geographies of Time and Resistance
9. The Politics of Time and Temporality in Foucault’s Theorization of Resistance: Ruptures, Time Lags, and Decelerations
10. Bodies, Non-Bodies, and the Desert: Resistance and Political Time Concepts in Photo Images
11. Conclusion

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