Everyday Resistance

French Activism in the 21st Century

  • Bruno Frère
  • Marc Jacquemain

About this book


This book studies those who, in various domains of life, are resisting the increasingly harsh day-to-day pressures of “late capitalism,” centering mainly on French examples. Far from the global euphoria of the sixties and seventies, everyday people are trying to loosen the grip of injustice in very concrete ways: people experiencing homelessness try to occupy and live in empty buildings; collectives of small farmers and consumers avoid long (and costly) commercial supply chains to defend their common interests; students and teachers organize to prevent the expulsion of undocumented migrants; and activists in the free software movement fight for the “common ownership” of software and of the Internet. Through civil disobedience in the midst of daily life, people are trying to resist, work against, and change laws that protect the interests of firms and corporations considered socially or ecologically unfair.


activism resistance homelessness immigration civil disobedience alternative economies ecology anti-capitalism LGBT movements

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruno Frère
    • 1
  • Marc Jacquemain
    • 2
  1. 1.FNRS, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18986-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18987-7
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