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interesting articles on non-obvious protests

I'm currently looking at protests that were not as overtly obvious as demonstrations, meetings or strikes. Such protests could include arson; trespass along or reopening of closed footpaths, deliberate slacking off at work; wearing of political symbols in everyday life.

All fall under the shady category of 'social protest' or defence of custom, but I'm wary that I don't fall into the old trap of classifying crime as protest. They fall perhaps more neatly under the category of 'pauper/labourer agency'; that is, giving a voice and credit to the actions of the most disadvantaged or voiceless in Georgian society.

Here's a selection of articles and books I've been reading recently:
M. Huberman, Escape from the Market: Negotiating Work in Lancashire (CUP, 1996)P. King, 'Gleaners, Farmers and the Failure of Legal Sanctions in England, 1750-1850,' Past & Present, 125 (1989)R. J. Soderlund, 'Resistance from the Margins: the Yorkshire Worsted Spi…