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Exploring ‘irrational resistance’

Journal article
Authors Mona Lilja
Mikael Baaz
Stellan Vinthagen
Published in Journal of Political Power
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 201-217
ISSN 2158-379X
Publication year 2013
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Department of Law
Pages 201-217
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/2158379X.2013.80...
Subject categories Other Social Sciences

Abstract

This article will examine irrationality in relation to the concept of resistance. Is there such a thing as an irrational resistance? While one tendency has been to irrationalise the ‘other’ and their resistance in order to construct a subaltern identity position, within the social sciences, an opposing tendency can also be identified; there is a trend to try to rationalise what seems to be people’s irrational behaviours. In this article, however, we will take a different stance by arguing that resistance is generally both irrational and rational depending on its relation to power.

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