Resistance and complicity

Sebastien Bachelet (University of Manchester)
Andreas Hackl (University of Edinburgh)
Room 11
Start time:
15 April, 2015 at 11:15
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Can resistance also be complicit? This panel seeks to answer this question and similar ones by exploring the conceptual and empirical ambiguities between the notions of resistance, complicity and cooperation in anthropology.

Long abstract:

Drawing on the vivid debates on the popular anthropological notion of resistance (from Scott to Ortner and beyond), this panel seeks to explore the ambiguous interstices between resistance and complicity. Does resistance include and possibly conceal instances of connivance? Can complicity ever actually be the basis of resistance as in the case of former perpetrators of violence who repent and speak out against theirs and others' actions? When does compromise become acceptable for those who resist? What role do defections and collaborations play in either undermining or supporting resistance? How does the fear of potential traitors and collaborators affect resistance movements? How do such different workings of power interrelate and alter one another? In this panel, we further interrogate the notion of resistance by examining processes of resistance where conflicts, compromises and complicities are entangled. We invite papers that critically discuss "resistance" and its epistemological contours together with other workings of power, such as complicity and compromise, both theoretically and ethnographically.