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Geographies of Resistance

Map, group bike ride, zine (2023)

"Geographies of resistance challenge any sense that political struggles can be understood solely in terms of the practices and institutions of those in power... By bringing a geographical imagination to bear on understandings of resistance, the contributors gathered here are able to open up other spaces of political practice, to explore how radical political identities are formed and acted out, and to show that resistance involves not only heroic struggles or grand gestures of opposition, but often everyday battles for survival and commonplace struggles for empowerment."

Pile, S., & Keith, M. (1997). Geographies of resistance. London: Routledge.

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Zine cover page, digital collage.

"Harriet Tubman thought of freedom as a distinctive destination with dimensions, boundaries, and above all safety. When she crossed that 'magic line' dividing 'the land of bondage from the land of freedom,' she lamented that no one was there to welcome her."


Cheryl Janifer LaRoche. (2014). Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance. University of Illinois Press. Page 87.

This project was made possible through a grant from the Barnes Foundation's Everyday Places Artists Partnerships program.

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Zine page, digital collage.

Image: "Attempting to extinguish the MOVE fire" from The Philadelphia Inquirer and Temple University Urban Archives.

Text: Excerpt from Rich, A. (1987). Notes toward a politics of location', in A. Rich, Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985. London: Virago Press, 210-231.

You can also edit and contribute to this map at this link.

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Zine page, digital collage.

Viera, M.L. (1903). West Philadelphia Illustrated: Early History of West Philadelphia and Its Environs; Its People and Its Historical Points: Written and Compiled by M. Lafitte Vieira. Avil Printing Company.

Soderlund, J. R. (2015). Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society before William Penn. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Photos by Michael E Reali Jr.

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