Disruption, defiance and dissent: Everyday forms of resistance in a digitally networked Global South
Everyday resistance by subordinated groups has been originally described by James Scott (1985) as a hidden and diffuse way of defying power. With the newfound ubiquity of digital media, however, everyday political struggles hardly escape visibility. Digital media provides platforms to express defiance and dissent and to organise political activities. In a networked communication environment (Castells, 2012), everyday acts of resistance can be brought into public consciousness through mainstream media with contradictory consequences. On one hand, mediated visibility may move people to action; on the other, it may result in State or corporate surveillance and control. However, as exemplified by the Arab Spring and Occupy Movement, mediated visibility (Thompson, 2005) can be regarded as today’s ‘weapon of the weak’.
This forthcoming special issue of Bandung: Journal of the Global South seeks innovative theoretical approaches and context-sensitive empirical studies that engage the theme of everyday resistance in an age of networked communication and digital platforms. Through various cases in Global South societies, the collection interrogates the consequences of visibility and networked media, for everyday resistance itself and social change. The Global South context is characterised by complex social hierarchies, alternative modernities and post-colonial histories that shape and inform everyday political struggles. Indeed, how subordinated groups in Global South societies use digital media to express dissent, disrupt unjust social and economic order and defy oppressive structures show the possibilities and limits of mediated visibility. Topics in this special issue may include but not limited to:
This special issue will publish research articles of 8,000-10,000 words (inclusive of references) in 2020. Interested authors should send inquiries (along with a 250-word abstract of the paper) to the following email addresses as soon as possible before submitting full manuscripts: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective authors should expect to hear from the guest editors in 2-3 weeks.