Disobey me?!

Disobey me?! Regards croisés sur la désobéissance civile en démocratie, face à l'urgence écologique - Ouvrage collectif sous la direction de Bernard Lemoult et Marine Jaffrézic - Edition du Collège des Transitions Sociétales c/o IMT Atlantique, 12 février 2020 - 289 Pages

Dominique Bourg, Sandrine Roudaut, Guillaune Durin, Extinction RebellionJean-Marie Dréan, Sophie Turenne, ... they are many to have put themselves in a position of resistance to achieve this work, for a crossroads of ideas, a sharing of reason and emotion. Speakers from different disciplines (sociology, law, philosophy, botany, political science, communication) and from various backgrounds (activism, research, civil society) came to share their views and experiences. The contributions were so rich, with a topicality that caught up with them, that they decided to make a book, "Désobéis-moi ?!", under the direction of Bernard Lemoult (director of the TS College) and Marine Jaffrézic (auditor of a previous session).

When, in the spring of 2018, the theme of civil disobedience was chosen for the collective project for the 2019 session of the College of Social TransitionsNicolas Hulot was Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, the yellow vests were lying in the trunks of cars, and the international climate marches had not yet begun.
Extinction Rebellion didn't exist and the students were in class on Friday afternoons. Nevertheless, the growing gap between what was at stake and the (in)actions of governments heralded the emergence of these citizen movements. The unprecedented crisis that we are beginning to go through is that of a model of society that is running out of breath.

As the international scientific community continues to alert us, it seems that " we were witnessing the gestation of a tragedy well foretold in a form of indifference... "Nicolas Hulot told France Inter in August 2018.
The absence of promising narratives, humanist values and realistic utopias for the future, combined with the absence of fair and relevant responses to ecological and societal issues, are leading to the gradual disintegration of our democracies. Indignation, nourished by this silence, is gradually giving way to anger, on a par with the social and ecological cry. This anger is increasingly expressed through non-violent movements such as the International March for Climate, Extinction Rebellion, the GIGNV, a large number of yellow vests... Many are calling for a "democratisation of democracy" and claiming the legitimacy of direct non-violent action.

What are we starting from? What history do we claim to have? How do current models react to the changes underway? What resilience are we able to prepare? How do we recognise civil disobedience in a democratic rule of law?

What are we going to do then with that anger... in a democracy? In order to construct a representation of possible answers, all these questions are addressed throughout the pages of this book, through the experiences, stories and presentations of the speakers, chosen to reveal the complexity of the current situation ... and the future.

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