Small Acts of Resistance : How Courage, Tenacity, and a Bit of Ingenuity Can Change the World, Paperback

Small Acts of Resistance : How Courage, Tenacity, and a Bit of Ingenuity Can Change the World Paperback

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


With its gutsy, creative and rousing tales of ordinary people creating extraordinary change, "Small Acts of Resistance" proves that it is possible - armed with a little ingenuity and a lot of passion - to bring down dictators, change unfair laws, fight injustice and raise one's voice in freedom by defying those who would deny it.

Spanning the globe and history, this puts a pop culture spin on human rights with its accessible and inspiring approach to international activism.

Moving from Albania to Zimbabwe, and throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, this offers an engaging collection of over 100 stories celebrating courage, perseverance and the resilience of the human spirit.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, b/w throughout, 75 illustrations, includes photographs
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Human rights
  • ISBN: 9781402781247



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Small Acts of Resistance features a series of anecdotes where individuals or groups led resistance to fundamental change in closed or oppressive political systems and societies. The chapters and examples are often short in length, spare paragraphs or a few pages at most with chapter headings featuring a motivational or insightful quote. The book seems designed to rally and inspire a new generation of activists rather than to document individual struggle against oppression. Given the brevity of the chapters, the context of the demonstrated resistance is barely glossed over. However those with a passing knowledge of world events will find many of the scenarios familiar, from Apartheid, resistance in Nazi Germany, to the struggle against dictatorship in Eastern Europe, the book jumps from time and location to provide a thread of individual struggle. This effect can seem jarring, but the book is a quick read and demonstrates what it sets out to do, that individuals have and can make a difference. Of particular interest are the tactics used by individuals throughout the book. With verve and humor, the tactics of resistance are creative and demonstrate the spirit of non-violent conflict. While the tactics are entertaining, there is a lack of discussion on how individual acts developed into strategies, and how they coalesced into movements. I found Gene Sharp's work on non-violent conflict and tactics of resistance to go into considerably more depth while being just as readable. While I can understand the choice for brief chapters - quick actions shots designed to excite, they can leave the reader wanting to know more. Thankfully the bibliography provides a sufficient background list of reading for the various anecdotes illustrated throughout the book.

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