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Lines of Flight: Everyday Resistance along England’s Backbone


  • Wood, Martin
  • Brown, Sally


The visual and the cultural impact of ‘social industry’ has made a permanent impression on the landscape and on individual minds, whether for ill or for good, particularly in the Peak and Pennines region of northern England. In the current research we examine this impact and consider how both its visible and less apparent effects took hold and how they set in motion an ongoing process of productive/consumptive estrangement from life’s primordial forces, which continue to be alien and obscure, or else appear arcane and overly nostalgic to present-day life. Drawing on the methodology of a short film (incorporating narrative and verse) and using rock climbing as an illustration, we will invoke several, radically dynamic ‘lines of flight’ to open up and articulate an aesthetic appreciation of concrete experience in the fight against coding and to engender a call for action and passion so that we might come to a renewed belief in free activity, which can prompt us, in turn, to think about how we live and work and how we might change things.

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  • Wood, Martin & Brown, Sally, 2009. "Lines of Flight: Everyday Resistance along England’s Backbone," The York Management School Working Papers 46, The York Management School, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:wrc:ymswp1:46

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