An Exploration of the Dynamics of Collaboration and Non-resistance (Symposium S. v. 63)
By: Stephen Gilliatt (author)Hardback
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This book attempts to analyze collaboration from a perspective that explains its appeal without the use of pathological or amoral elements of betrayal, cowardice and individual or institutional self-interest that have intruded in previous studies. The author condenses and synthesizes the existing historical literature on the subject of collaboration during World War II, and discerns a rational and moral integrity in the intentions of collaborators that give them the confidence to act and to defend themselves without regret, a philosophy comprising a logic of weakness, a normality imperative, a theory of the shield and an idea of manoeuvre through partnership. This work contends that this rational and moral discourse in collaborators reflects a "normal" mode of adjustment to coercive power and social constraint. This is illustrated through a case study of the Thatcher administration in Britain.
Acknowledgments ix Preface xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 The Question of Boundaries 11 Ideologists and collaborators 11 Collaborators and resisters 20 Chapter 2 Three Approaches to Studying Collaboration 35 Collaboration as pathology 35 The structural - institutional approach 43 The 'philosophical' approach 58 Chapter 3 The Logic of Weakness and the Normality Imperative 61 Chapter 4 The Theory of the Shield 77 Vichy: the sacrificial model of protection 78 The Channel Island defenders. the British road to collaboration 91 The collaboration of the victim: Judenrat and the holocaust 94 Chapter 5 Manoeuvre Through Partnership 115 Chapter 6 Collaboration Without Tears: Coping with Coercive Power in a Democracy 127 The theory of the shield and local democracy 136 The logic of weakness and the autonomy of trade unions 158 Manoeuvre through partnership: from necessity to allegiance 167 Chapter 7 Conclusion 177 Bibliography 199 Index 215
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