Creativity and resistance in a hostile world

Edited by Sarita Malik, Churnjeet Mahn, Michael Pierse and Ben Rogaly

Creativity and resistance in a hostile world


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5285-5
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Society & social sciences / General, Society & social sciences / Media studies, Community & Outreach Services, Society & social sciences / Political activism, Sociology, Political activism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations


What can culture, and its manifestations in artistic and creative forms, 'do'? Creativity and resistance in a hostile world draws on original collaborative research that brings together a range of stories and perspectives on the role of creativity and resistance in a hostile world. In times of racial nationalism across the world, this volume seeks to understand how creative acts have agitated for social change. The book suggests that creative actions themselves, and acting together creatively, can at the same time offer vital sources of hope.

Drawing on a series of case studies, this volume focuses on the past and emergent grassroots arts work that has responded to racisms, the legacies of colonialism or the depredations of capitalist employment across several contexts and locations, including England, Northern Ireland and India. The book makes a timely intervention, foregrounding the value of creativity for those who are commonly marginalised from centres of power, including from the mainstream cultural industries. The authors also critically reflect on the possibilities and limitations of collaborative research within and beyond the academy.


Foreword: A history of struggle for now - Benjamin Zephaniah
Foreword: On radical transformation - Bidisha
Introduction: Creativity and resistance in a hostile world - Sarita Malik, Churnjeet Mahn, Michael Pierse and Ben Rogaly
1 Radical openness in a hostile world - Churnjeet Mahn, Sarita Malik, Michael Pierse and Ben Rogaly
2 'Lived Theory': the complexities of radical openness in collaborative research -
Daisy Hasan-Bounds, Sarita Malik and Jasber Singh
3 Creative anti-racisms: screen and digital labour as resistance
Photini Vrikki, Sarita Malik and Aditi Jaganathan
4 Workers: creative resistance to racial capitalism within and beyond the workplace - Agnieszka Coutinho, Jay Gearing and Ben Rogaly
5 Creatively connecting civil rights: co-creation, theatre and collaboration for social transformation in Belfast - Michael Pierse, Martin Lynch and Fionntán Hargey
6 Re-curating a literary utopia: creative resistance in Preet Nagar -
Churnjeet Mahn, Anne Murphy, Raghavendra Rao KV, Poonam Singh, Ratika Singh and Samia Singh
Conclusion - Michael Pierse, Churnjeet Mahn, Sarita Malik and Ben Rogaly


Sarita Malik is Professor of Media, Culture and Communications at Brunel University London

Churnjeet Mahn is a Reader in English at the University of Strathclyde

Michael Pierse is a Senior Lecturer in Irish Literature at Queen's University Belfast

Ben Rogaly is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex

Creativity and resistance in a hostile world

Edited by Sarita Malik, Churnjeet Mahn, Michael Pierse, Ben Rogaly

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