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    Unpalatable dissent and the political distribution of solidarity

    Lamble, Sarah (2020) Unpalatable dissent and the political distribution of solidarity. Law, Culture and the Humanities 16 (2), pp. 213-225. ISSN 1743-8721.

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    This article questions the conditions in which solidarity is given or withheld in response to expressions of dissent. Drawing on the August 2011 riots in England as an example, the article reflects on why some forms of dissent attract support whereas others do not. The author argues that ‘unpalatable’ forms of dissent, particularly those enacted by groups already constructed as deviant or suspect, are often figured as least deserving of support, even though their actions may arise from the highest needs. The article then considers how these patterns can occur in response to more everyday articulations of dissent, such as those expressed by disenfranchised university students. The article suggests a rethinking of the politics of dissent and the distribution of solidarity in order to be more attentive to broader patterns of power and dispossession.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): dissent, riots, protest, solidarity, dispossession, racism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Lamble
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 09:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:46


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