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Resistance is a structure not an event

Journal Article


Abstract


  • By looking into the case of Palestine, this article has two goals: the

    first is to provide philosophical scaffolding to the theme of

    resistance in settler colonial theory, and in so doing to argue that

    resistance need to be regarded as part of the structure in settler

    social formations. Secondly, the article rereads ‘the logic of

    elimination’ upon which settler colonialism is founded in order to

    suggest that as a settler colonial project Zionism historically

    evolved via a process of ‘double elimination’ – of indigenous life

    and of shared life. The aim of this article is then to fold the

    second conclusion into the first: alongside with indigenous

    resistance, shared life need be conceived as part of the structural

    struggle against settler colonialism. The article has three sections.

    In the first section, the state of the art in the field of settler

    colonial studies is presented in order to identify strengths and

    weaknesses. The second section offers a conceptualisation of the

    idea/practice of resistance by drawing from Gilles Deleuze and

    Félix Guattari’s works. The last section reframes the logic of

    elimination concluding with a political vision that expands on the

    notion of resistance.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. (2017). Resistance is a structure not an event. Settler Colonial Studies, 7 (1), 19-39.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85018766096

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3133

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 19

End Page


  • 39

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • By looking into the case of Palestine, this article has two goals: the

    first is to provide philosophical scaffolding to the theme of

    resistance in settler colonial theory, and in so doing to argue that

    resistance need to be regarded as part of the structure in settler

    social formations. Secondly, the article rereads ‘the logic of

    elimination’ upon which settler colonialism is founded in order to

    suggest that as a settler colonial project Zionism historically

    evolved via a process of ‘double elimination’ – of indigenous life

    and of shared life. The aim of this article is then to fold the

    second conclusion into the first: alongside with indigenous

    resistance, shared life need be conceived as part of the structural

    struggle against settler colonialism. The article has three sections.

    In the first section, the state of the art in the field of settler

    colonial studies is presented in order to identify strengths and

    weaknesses. The second section offers a conceptualisation of the

    idea/practice of resistance by drawing from Gilles Deleuze and

    Félix Guattari’s works. The last section reframes the logic of

    elimination concluding with a political vision that expands on the

    notion of resistance.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. (2017). Resistance is a structure not an event. Settler Colonial Studies, 7 (1), 19-39.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85018766096

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3133

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 19

End Page


  • 39

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia