Repertoires

The word ‘repertoire’ identifies a limited set of routines that are learned, shared, and acted out through a relatively deliberate process of choice. Repertoires are learned cultural creations, but they do not descend from abstract philosophy or take shape as a result of political propaganda; they emerge from struggle. People learn to break windows in protest, attack pilloried prisoners, tear down dishonoured houses, stage public marches, petition, hold formal meetings, organize special-interest associations. At any particular point in history, however, they learn only a rather small number of alternative ways to act collectively.”

Tilly in Traugott, M. ed (1995) Repertoires and Cycles of Collective Action

Top Ten examples of EF! repertoire
NVDA, lock-ons, tunnelling, tactical frivolity, office occupations, sabotage,samba, protest camps, street parties, blockades, pitched battles, tripods, squatting, indymedia, spoof newspapers, web sites, pie-ing, digging up Michael Heseltine’s garden, crop decontamination, critical mass, working with groups without trying to convert them, not forcing ancient turgid crap down each other’s throats, self-reflexivity, prisoner support, global coalition-building, skills share, non-hierarchical meetings, cool posters, billboard liberation, self-catering etc.

Top Ten examples of the SWP repertoire
1, Newspaper selling and petitions
2. Public Meetings
3. Building the vanguard party
4. Marching from A to B
5. Whining about betrayal by trade union leadership
6. Entryism
7. erm, that’s it
[that’s enough Trots. Ed]

“Each routine within an established repertoire actually consists of an interaction among two or more parties. Repertoires belong to sets of contending actors, not to single actors.” Tilly in Traugott

See also Zombie repertoires

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