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The text claims that to understand disobedient subjects we need to take into consideration the social milieu they dwell in. There are four types of the disobedient subject distinguished: (i) local subjects, (ii) displaced subjects, (iii) affective subjects, (iv) transgressive subjects. Along these lines, we can characterize the following types of solidarity that mark the collective existence of these rebelling human beings: (i) local solidarity, (ii) organized solidarity, (iii) affective solidarity, (iv) organic solidarity.

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This article reviews the current discourse on urban struggles to bring to the surface strategies of interpretation, to enhance dialog, disagreement, and rivalry with diverging interpretations, in their formation.


We need not imagine shared places of ordinary existence as idyllic urban villages. Stories about kids running away from their homes, about slaves taking flight, or about those who were brave enough to explore the unknown can remind us that the situated existence of human subjects is mediated by recurrent conflicts.

Csaba Szalo
Masarykova Univerzita

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This page is a summary of: The existential spatiality of rebellion: Insubordination, counter‐conduct, and places, Sociology Compass, October 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12835.
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