This Briefs advances a theoretical approach that recognizes social movements as contingent enterprises. It explores the endurance of social movements over time, by developing analytical tools to study how social movement heterogeneities are simultaneously acknowledged and articulated together, through collective narration and practices. With a unique empirical analysis of one particular narrative – the story of Brazil’s Landless Movement – this Briefs portrays a narrative revisited and revised by movement participants, a story revived through enactment. This Briefs addresses the increasing academic audience seeking to study, and theorize, the multi-colored phenomena of resistance and social movements.
About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface.- Chapter 1. Dimensions of Resistance.- Chapter 2. In Dialogue with the Past.- Chapter 3. The Story.- Chapter 4. Narrative Enactment.- Chapter 5. Making History, Making Resistance.
What People are Saying About This
“This delightful book offers an original standpoint that ventures beyond familiar accounts of contemporary analysis of resistance, and of Brazil’s Landless Rural Workers’ Movement. By focusing on the importance of storytelling and on the power of narrative, Lundström opens a breathing space to explore theoretically and empirically how movements’ narratives – in this case the MST’s – are constantly revisited and re-enacted, and rewriting their own history.” (Dr. Ana C Dinerstein, political sociologist at the University of Bath, author of “The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America. The Art of Organising Hope”, 2015)
“The Making of Resistance is a carefully crafted ethnographic study of Brazil’s Landless Movement (MST), that since its founding in the early 1980s has become the largest social movement in Latin America. Dr. Lundström’s focus on the group’s skillful use of their own constructed narrative, to motivate and shape their actions and guide their movement and successful mobilizations, brings a new level of understanding to how this important social movement operates. This is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the MST or how narrative can influence a social (or political) movement.” (Harry E. Vanden, professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of South Florida, author of “Politics of Latin America”, 2015 and co-editor of “Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action From Below”, 2014)
“In The Making of Resistance, Markus Lundström tells the story behind the making of Latin America’s largest and most enduring social movement, Brazil’s Landless Movement. Skillfully weaving together social history with rich ethnography, Lundström explains the movement’s precursors in historical struggles over land, traces the origins of the modern movement in the land occupations of the late 1970s, and chronicles the evolution of the movement as a political subject in a context of profound socioeconomic and political change. Through interviews and focus groups, Lundström’s narrative allows Brazil’s landless workers to explain and interpret their own struggles to gain access to land and construct a new political subject. This book is a major contribution to the field, as few works in the social sciences provide such penetrating insights into the making of social movements from the vantage point of their protagonists.” (Kenneth Roberts, Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government, Cornell University, author of “Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era”, Cambridge University Press, 2014)
“This is a unique and theoretically provocative book on Brazil’s iconic landless rural workers’ movement. Lundström offers a new perspective on their struggle for land and their search for autonomy, which highlights the ways the MST has navigated and narrated the ups and downs of over 30 years of struggle against the dominant agrarian elite of the country. The Making of Resistance invites us to revisit the role of discourse in the process of political subject formation of peasant movements.” (Leandro Vergara-Camus Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London, author of “Land and Freedom. The MST, the Zapatistas and Peasant Alternatives to Neoliberalism”, 2014, Zed Books)