Constructive resistance occurs when people start to build the society they desire independently of and in opposition to the dominant structures already in place. Through case studies and illustrative examples from around the world, this book explores how people working for a more just, sustainable and peaceful future combine construction and resistance. The book provides students and practitioners of resistance with tools to detect, critically discuss and evaluate cases of constructive resistance. While some movements focus mainly on either construction or resistance, the authors argue that those who manage to creatively combine the two are likely to achieve more far-reaching goals and see their results become more durable.
Majken Jul Sørensen is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Karlstad University, Sweden.
Stellan Vinthagen is Professor of Sociology and the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he directs the Resistance Studies Initiative. He is Editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies, and Co-Leader of the Resistance Studies Group at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Jørgen Johansen is the Deputy Editor of Journal of Resistance Studies and has been active in social justice, peace, environmental and democracy issues in more than 100 countries over the last 40 years.
Introduction: What Is Constructive Resistance?
Chapter 1: The Constructive Elements Of Nonviolent Resistance Movements
Chapter 2: How to Analyse And Understand Constructive Resistance
Chapter 3: The Transition Movement: Strong Construction, Weak Resistance
Chapter 4: Innerdalen: Tactical Use of Construction In A Campaign
Chapter 5: Unarmed Revolutions: Strong Resistance, Weak Construction
Chapter 6: MST: Constructive Resistance for A New Society On Occupied Land
Chapter 7: The Zapatistas: Creating Communities Of Autonomy Through Territorial Rebellion
Chapter 8: Integrating Construction and Resistance To Dissolve Dominant Systems Of Power