Resistance Redux

Dennis K. Mumby, Robyn Thomas, Ignasi Martí, David Seidl

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The last 15 years have witnessed renewed interest in resistance in and around organizations. In this essay, we offer a conceptual framework to thematize this burgeoning conceptual and empirical terrain. We critically explore scholarship that examines resistance in terms of its manifestations and political intent or impact. We offer four fields of possibility for resistance scholarship: individual infrapolitics, collective infrapolitics, insubordination, and insurrection (the “four I’s” of resistance). We conclude by considering the relationship between resistance theory and praxis, and pose four questions, or provocations, for stimulating future resistance research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-1183
Number of pages27
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • infrapolitics
  • misbehaviour
  • resistance
  • social movements


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