Theorizing Resistance Movements
30 January 2020, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Join us for a seminar in the SSEES Politics and Sociology Seminar Series with Dr Benjamin Abrams
This event is free.
SSEES Politics and Sociology Seminar Series
Masaryk RoomSSEES16 Taviton StreetLondonWC1H 0BW
With the recent strengthening of populist authoritarianism around the world, a new global wave of resistance has taken shape. These new ‘resistance movements’ appear as one of several major instances of resistance in world history, each with their own sets of movements. These include the anti-colonial resistance movements of early 20th Century, the anti-Fascist resistance movements of the mid-20th century, and the anti-Soviet resistance movements of the later 20th century. This article moves to build the basis for the further study of resistance movements, theorizing them as ‘movements which orient themselves around the refusal and subversion of an imposed sociopolitical order,’ drawing together knowledge from these four world-historical instances of resistance movements. Resistance movements are highly distinct from social movements, not only in their mission, but also in their underlying dynamics. In particular, the article identifies three key attributes which characterize resistance movements across history yet are exceptionally rare among conventional social movements.
About the Speaker
Dr Benjamin Abrams
at UCL SSEES
Dr Benjamin Abrams is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at University College London. His work focuses on the dynamics of revolutions, resistance movements, and mass mobilisation. Since 2019, Benjamin has been the Principal Investigator on the 'Resistance to Populism' project at the School of Slavoinc and East European Studies.This comparative project explores how modern societies respond to and resist the rise of populist regimes. He is also Editor in Chief of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest.