Guillén Torres: Everyday Forms of Institutional Resistance to Civic Engagement

Guillén Torres | University of Amsterdam, department of Media Studies | Promotor: Prof. dr Richard Rogers, Supervisor: Dr Stefania Milan | 2017 – 2020 | g.h.torres[at]uva.nl

Everyday Forms of Institutional Resistance to Civic Engagement
Overarching project: DATACTIVE

My research focuses on how activists experience the reluctance of certain governmental institutions to welcome them in decision-making process. I am particularly interested in how institutions handle information requests in ways that prevents citizens from accessing public sector information that would allow them to either hold the government accountable or influence public policy. As an epistemological experiment -and to remain faithful to activists’ accounts-, I am approaching such institutional behaviour as an Everyday Form of Resistance, a term coming from the Peasant Studies branch of Anthropology.