Journal of Resistance Studies is an international, interdisciplinary and peer- reviewed scientific journal that explores unarmed resistance. The focus is on critical understandings of resistance strategies, discourses, tactics, effects, causes, contexts and experiences. Our aim is to advance an understanding of how resistance might undermine repression, injustices and domination of any kind, as well as how resistance might nurture autonomous subjectivity, as e.g. constructive work, alternative communities, oppositional ways of thinking.

The Journal of Resistance Studies welcomes critical reflections, evaluations, theoretical developments or more empirical based analysis. We encourage a broad and critical discussion on the possibilities, forms, and conditions, as well as problematics of ‘resistance’. We avoid dogmatic agendas and do not favor any particular framework, and encourage a debate on definitions of ‘resistance’.

Under the editorial leadership of Stellan Vinthagen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and published through Irene Publishing in Sweden the journal aim to expand the understanding of conflicts through focus on how resistance with unarmed means impacts power relations. We are striving to cover a wide spectra of topics that can help to deepen the theoretical and practical understanding of how resistance functions in different contexts.

The first issue includes an article by John Holloway on the role of Resistance Studies.

Richard Jackson invites to a critical discussion of the need to change focus for Peace Studies in his article: “How Resistance Can Save Peace Studies”.

Christopher Kullenberg writes on how “Citizen Science” can function as a form of Resistance.

Jason MacLeod has a text on practical advices for how to build resilience to repression in nonviolent resistance struggles.

Daniel Møller Ølgaard have an article of the role of humor in resistance movements; “Play, Politics & the Practice of Resistance”.

The international Editorial Board of JRS includes many of the well known researchers with relevance for resistance studies. A first regional editorial group is established in Latin America and JRS want to develop into a truly global journal.

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