Date of Degree

2-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Political Science

Advisor

Mark Blasius

Subject Categories

Political Science

Abstract

In the work that follows, I will examine what political theorist James C. Scott calls "the hidden transcripts" of social struggle, which are written between the lines of the political record through the quotidian and clandestine practices of resistance and mutual aid that are the first and last recourse of subjugated populations. By engaging with literature on contemporary and historical social movements, I will explore the emergence and brief legibility of these practices among chattel slaves in the American South, the peasantry in various settings, and in a number of other industrial and social settings in an attempt to determine the role of these practices in the formation of formal social movements.

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