Lucie Aubrac, Bon Voyage, Les Femmes de l’ombre and L’Armée du crime
Je veux me souvenir que cet été 1942, qui révèle le vrai visage de la ‘collaboration’, dont le caractère raciste, après les lois anti-juives de 1940, ne fait plus de doute, sera, pour beaucoup de nos compatriotes, celui du sursaut, le point de départ d’un vaste mouvement de résistance. (Chirac 1995 )
(I want to remember that this summer of 1942, which revealed the true face of ‘collaboration’, whose racist nature became perfectly clear after the anti-Jewish laws of
Why do people and groups ignore, deny and resist knowledge about society’s many problems? In a world of ‘alternative facts’, ‘fake news’, and ‘fact resistance’ that some believe could be remedied by ‘factfulness’ or ‘enlightenment’, the question has never been more pressing. Following years of ideologically polarised debates on this topic, the book seeks to further advance our understanding of the phenomenon of knowledge resistance by integrating insights from the social, economic, and evolutionary sciences. In current debates and studies, several vital factors are downplayed: that all people and institutions – even science – occasionally resist knowledge while calling their resistance ‘scepticism’, that knowledge resistance is not always irrational, that facts don’t equal truth, and that knowledge claims continuously need to be re-evaluated. Ignoring such key factors undermines the chances of reducing problematic knowledge resistance. Examples used in the book include controversies over climate change, the roots of violence, gender roles, religion, child-rearing, vaccination, genetically modified food, and artificial intelligence. In addition to accessible discussion of the scholarly literature and media sources, in-depth interviews with other renowned human scientists in the UK about their perspectives on knowledge resistance contribute to understanding this intriguing phenomenon. Moreover, the author shares his personal experiences of cultural clashes between different knowledge claims. The book is written for the educated public, students, and scholars interested in how people and groups handle knowledge controversies, and how such disputes can be resolved in the service of better managing the urgent social, environmental, and health-related problems of today.
attention in the British Empire at the
beginning of the twentieth century – South Africa.
The focus on the institutionalised expression of racism
in law, government, the economy and patterns of everyday life came
in the first instance from persons of colour confronting racist
practices. Resistance to racism did not flow directly as legacy from
enlightenment thought, or from the
What can culture, and its manifestations in artistic and creative forms, ‘do’?
Creativity and resistance draws on original collaborative research that brings
together a range of stories and perspectives on the role of creativity and
resistance in a hostile environment. In times of racial nationalism across the
world, it seeks to connect, in a grounded way, how creative acts have agitated
for social change. The book suggests that creative actions themselves, and
acting together creatively, can at the same time offer vital sources of
hope. Drawing on a series of case studies, Creativity and resistance focuses
on the past and emergent grassroots arts work that has responded to migration,
racism and social exclusion across several contexts and locations, including
England, Northern Ireland and India. The book makes a timely intervention,
foregrounding the value of creativity for those who are commonly marginalised
from centres of power, including from the mainstream cultural industries.
Bringing together academic research with individual and group experiences, the
authors also consider the possibilities and limitations of collaborative
This book has so far focused mainly on the concentration of political
action in the industrial parts of northern England. In rural areas, collective action faced greater barriers to effective organisation. Many historians have assumed that such factors as agricultural tenants’ deference
to landlords and plebeian illiteracy prevented the development of any
meaningful activity at all.1 This chapter examines why Chartism and
other ‘urban’ movements failed to take hold in certain regions, but also
other forms of collective action, including
Opposition to the Corrib gas project intensified in mid 2005 when Shell was
granted a High Court injunction against five local men1 in an effort to prevent
those residents from obstructing construction work on the onshore gas pipeline.
As a result of CAOs, Shell was permitted to lay part of the onshore gas pipeline
on the men’s land, without their permission, yet Willie Corduff, Phillip McGrath,
Micheál Ó Seighin, Vincent McGrath and Brendan Philbin (the Rossport Five)
would not acquiesce. In refusing to entertain the consortium’s plan to lay
Challenging the epic in French crime fiction of the 1940s and 1950s
Resisters and the resistance: challenging the epic in
French crime fiction of the 1940s and 1950s
Paris! Paris outragé! Paris brisé! Paris martyrisé! Mais Paris libéré! Libéré
pas lui-même, libéré par son peuple avec le concours des armées de la
France, avec l’appui et le concours de la France tout entière, de la France qui
se bat, de la seule France, de la vraie France, de la France éternelle!1
On 25 August 1944, at the Paris Hôtel de Ville, General Charles de Gaulle
laid the cornerstone for one of the most influential war
It is not my intention to present these thoughts in a way that could be
interpreted as the true depiction of the political subjectivities
in question. My aim is to investigate one of many possible readings of
the current political situation while paying close attention to the
contingent character of identity.
In this vein, I want to underscore that the three
discourses of resistance highlighted in
conservative: that is, that they largely rejected and resisted innovations unless these were forced on them (by environmental or demographic pressure, by outsiders invading, etc.). However, innovation failure is common in the present – long-running jokes about the Edsel and Betamax home videos persist even though these innovations failed before I was born – and we claim to live in a deeply innovative and innovation-welcoming culture. In this chapter, I tackle the thorny question of conservatism and innovation resistance, from how we can identify these behaviors to a better
– the same powers used to forcibly detain you. I was one of over a hundred people arrested and charged with offences including violent disorder at BLM direct actions that disrupted transport hubs and shopping centres across England between 2014 and 2016. Transnational connections with activists in Europe and North America were bolstered by a far-reaching social media campaign. This wave of militant protest led by young Black activists catapulted Black resistance to policing back into a national conversation that few could ignore.
Angered by the failure of the courts