This is a copy of paper which was presented at the Resistance Studies Network launch: Workshop on Resistance, Power and Agency, 6th June 2007, University of Göteborg, Sweden by Dr Jenny Pickerill.I think we all know why we need Resistance Studies. We do not have to look far to see freedoms being eroded, injustices and inequalities. And if any of you are still in doubt then we need only look to Naomi Wolf’s recent article in the English paper The Guardian – Fascist America, in 10 easy steps, to truly understand how pivotal the contemporary moment is, where she outlines how close America is to replicating a form of old European fascism.\ud \ud But even if we know why we need it, what do we want it to be or need it to be? What do we want a resistance studies network to look like? For me there are 4 key things I would like resistance studies to do. These highlight both the hope of the way forward and some dangers of which we need to be aware
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