Embodying spirits of resistance

P. Routledge, J. Simons

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There are evolutionary moments of politics that can be most appropriately described as spiritual moments. These are the moments when people are willing to risk their lives while resisting oppressive power. In this paper the authors address spirits of resistance in a general way, but also as manifested at particular moments in three contemporary resistance movements in England, India, and Palestine. The authors' intention is to follow them in the fashion of nomadic science, critically drawing upon the work of Deleuze and Guattari. In conclusion, it is argued that the value of spirits of resistance should be upheld in the face of intellectual strategies to tame then, as it is these moments that best guarantee freedom, whether or not resistance is "successful'. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-498
Number of pages28
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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