Insurrection as Recognition: Urban Riots for Love, Rights, and Solidarity
AffiliationIDRAC Business School Lyon; University of Chester
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AbstractInsurrection is theorised as a form of resistance in and around organisational life, often functioning to promote more sustainable forms of organisation and organising. However, urban riots, as a form of insurrection, are typically narrated through nonconformity, social injustice, and immigration, which often deny (1) riots as having a political message or form (i.e. they are ‘pure violence without claim’), and (2) rioters as having affirmative needs or qualities (i.e. they are ‘primitive rebels’). This study draws on publically available narratives and deploys the relational ontology of Axel Honneth to re-cast riots and rioters as responding to violations in basic human need for ‘recognition’, that is, as expressed through ‘love, rights, and solidarity’. In doing so, we hope to sit in contrast with the dominant insurrection and rioting scholarship, to explore as well as inspire alternative ways of organisation and organising in contemporary circumstances which are grounded in affirmative relationality.
CitationChabernet, D., Lichy, J. & Wall, T. (2019, September). Insurrection as Recognition: Urban Riots for Love, Rights, and Solidarity. Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
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