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Lilja, M., Vinthagen, S.
Dispersed resistance: unpacking the spectrum and properties of glaring and everyday resistance
(2018) Journal of Political Power, 11 (2), pp. 211-229.

DOI: 10.1080/2158379X.2018.1478642

Revisiting James C. Scott’s classification of forms of resistance, this paper argues that (hidden, subtle) everyday resistance is only one of many types of small-scale or individual resistance practices. We propose the concept of ‘dispersed resistance’, which might be ‘everyday’ and subtle, or loud and extraordinary. In addition, drawing on Foucault’s works, we suggest at least two ways of conceptualizing dispersed resistance: as ‘productive’ resistance (related to disciplinary power and biopower) and ‘counter-repressive’ resistance (related to repressive and sovereign power). Finally, since power-relations are often composed by an assemblage of repression, discipline and biopower, resistance practices assemble too. © 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
biopower; disciplinary power; Everyday- and dispersed resistance; James C. Scott; Michel Foucault

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