Powers of resistance


‘Individual and shared lives are shaped by the political and violence and terror we evade or witness, succumb to or survive. Our shared political memories of structural violence influence the political possibilities for a greater society. We would have to remember the power of resistance from the captive, not merely their victimization.’

Joy James

 ‘Life and Other Responsibilities’ in Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration Ed. Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther and Scott Zeman (Fordham University Press 2015, viii).

Photo: From the project Political Acts in which inmates of Australian offshore detention camps redefined themselves as Political Prisoners rather than the ‘illegal arrivals’ of the government’s terminology.



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