Radical openness in a hostile world

Churnjeet Mahn, Sarita Malik, Michael Pierse, Ben Rogaly

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How can we maintain hope for a more equal world? In this chapter we outline the theory and practice that undergirded our solidarity in the project. The chapter contains some of the readings, the references, the routes, that we all brought into the project to understand how creative forms of resistance have responded to hostile environments and why. We begin by revisiting bell hooks' work on 'radical openness', not to be confused with the UN's adoption of radical openness as a template for transparent working and resilience. Indeed, one of the elements our work is attuned to is moments of institutionalisation or co-option which empty the practice of creative resistance of meaning or purpose beyond the aesthetic. We then move to a discussion of the art of resistance along different kinds of borders and walls, before considering how we use an 'interruption' to dominant discourses as a form of resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity and Resistance in a Hostile World
EditorsSarita Malik, Churnjeet Mahn, Michael Pierse , Ben Rogaly
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Print)9781526152855
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020


  • radical openness
  • radical hope
  • utopia


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