ROAR and the Resistance Studies Initiative are collaborating on an ongoing series focused on usable social research for a broad range of liberation struggles.
Research is too often relegated to academic conferences and jargon-filled publications locked behind paywalls. But critical investigation is part of our struggles for justice and liberation.
From street canvassing and workplace one-on-ones, to social relations and online communities, to storytelling and skill sharing, to scouting sites for occupation or disruption, to theorizing and problem-solving, to conflict mediation and strategy-building; our ability to build capacity for struggle is enhanced by a rigorous understanding of our communities and the world around us.
In this series produced in collaboration with the Resistance Studies Initiative, we publish politically engaged social inquiry and exploration in order to advance our understandings of where and how people resist different kinds of domination, as well as the ways in which practices of resistance can undermine injustice and repression, nurture freedom and autonomy, and build power from below.
The ZAD: between utopian radicalism and negotiated pragmatism
Fareen Parvez & Stellan Vinthagen
The ZAD’s years-long confrontation with the French state harbors many lessons about the role of unity in radical struggles and the effectiveness of land occupation strategies.
Smiling as an act of resistance in Occupied Palestine
Under the threat of detention and eviction, Palestinian smiles are a powerful message of resistance and hope: “Our smile beats their brutality.”
Riots and resistance 10 years after the Tunisian Revolution
Tunisian youths are outraged and exasperated. Accounts of their protests tend to focus on the riots, while failing to identify the underlying issues.
Inside the struggle for water sovereignty in Brazil
Brazil’s Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens has been fighting for decades against the privatization of water and for popular control over natural resources.
We keep us safe: the transformative justice movement
As calls for abolition grow louder, the queer and women of color-led movement for transformative justice offers a glimpse of a future beyond policing.
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