This third seminar in the RegNet Conversations on Resistance series is Everyday resistance.
Since James C Scott coined the term ‘everyday resistance’ in 1985, scholars have paid increasing attention to informal, non-organised forms of resistance practised by groups and individuals with limited power. Unlike public, collective and organised forms of resistance, everyday resistance is often hidden or disguised, is seemingly mundane, and may not be politically articulated as resistance. These features pose significant challenges for researchers.
A panel of ANU-based scholars whose research engages with everyday resistance in myriad ways was chaired by Lia Kent. Each presented a short vignette of everyday resistance drawn from their own research experiences. The stories encompass grassroots self-help movements in China, local resistance to illegal logging activities in Cambodia, and gender and land contestation in the Solomon Islands.
The vignettes provided a starting point for a discussion of the forms, dimensions and meanings of everyday resistance, its relationship to public, organised forms of resistance and its relationship to power. Panellists are Crawford School of Public Policy’s Sarah Milne, School of Culture, History and Languages’s Tom Cliff and Tessa Morris-Suzuki and College of Law’s Rebecca Monson.