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Resisting MilitarismDirect Action and the Politics of Subversion$
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Chris Rossdale

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443036

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443036.001.0001

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Contestations

Contestations

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(p.139) Chapter 6 Contestations
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Resisting Militarism
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Chris Rossdale

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443036.003.0007

This chapter considers how anti-militarists challenge militarised forms of contestation by prefiguring alternatives. The chapter opens by introducing again the concept of prefiguration, which holds that the means used to achieve political change will shape or become the ends that result. It then considers three distinct anti-militarist practices – peace camps, die-ins, and the use of humour – showing how each of these is guided by a desire to generate subjectivities and relationalities which do not reproduce militarism. In contrast, the last part of the chapter considers how anti-militarism is shaped not simply by opposition to militarism, but also by desire for it. Drawing on auto-ethnographic reflections, the discussion outlines how acknowledging the role of desire in social movements deepens the radical promise of prefiguration.

Keywords:   Militarism, Anti-militarism, Contestation, Prefiguration, Peace camps, Die-ins, Vulnerability, Humour, Auto-ethnography, Desire

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