On Uprisings, Policing, and Resistance

CSSH prizes comparison, focusing on the insights gained from bringing into conversation subjects from disparate times, places, disciplines, and literatures. With that in mind, we offer our collection of essays on protest, revolution, policing, and resistance elsewhere in time and space, in hopes that we can sharpen our understanding of pressing movements against racist violence and inequity now unfolding in the US and around the world.

Graffiti Alley, Ann Arbor 06.25.2020 (Photo by Leigh Stuckey)

Uprisings, Riots, and Revolts


Schreier, Joshua. 2016. “A Jewish Riot against Muslims: The Polemics of History in Late Colonial Algeria.” (CSSH 58-3).

Cole, Juan. 1989. “Of Crowds and Empires: Afro-Asian Riots and European Expansion, 1857–1882.” (CSSH 31-1).

Rogers, John D. 1987. “The 1866 Grain Riots in Sri Lanka.” (CSSH 29-3).

Cohen, Thomas V. 1991. “A Long Day in Monte Rotondo: The Politics of Jeopardy in a Village Uprising (1558).” (CSSH 33-4).

Purushotham, Sunil. 2015. “Internal Violence: The “Police Action” in Hyderabad.” (CSSH 57-2).

Peabody, Norbert. 2009. “Disciplining the Body, Disciplining the Body-Politic: Physical Culture and Social Violence among North Indian Wrestlers.” (CSSH 51-2).

Policing and Policed


Beverley, Eric Lewis. 2013. “Frontier as Resource: Law, Crime, and Sovereignty on the Margins of Empire.” (CSSH 55-2).

Feldman, Gregory. 2016. ““With my head on the pillow”: Sovereignty, Ethics, and Evil among Undercover Police Investigators.” (CSSH 58-2).

Shear, Keith. 2012. “Chiefs or Modern Bureaucrats? Managing Black Police in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa.” (CSSH 54-2).

Chazkel, Amy. 2020. “Toward a History of Rights in the City at Night: Making and Breaking the Nightly Curfew in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro.” (CSSH 62-1).

Ways of Resistance


Ismail, Salwa. 2013. “Urban Subalterns in the Arab Revolutions: Cairo and Damascus in Comparative Perspective.” (CSSH 55-4).

Dzenovska, Dace and Iván Arenas. 2012. “Don’t Fence Me In: Barricade Sociality and Political Struggles in Mexico and Latvia.” (CSSH 54-3).

Kennedy, Jonathan and Sunil Purushotham. 2012. “Beyond Naxalbari: A Comparative Analysis of Maoist Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Independent India.” (CSSH 54-4).