'From Egypt to India, and from Botswana to London, worker, youth and middle-class rebellions have taken on the political and bureaucratic status quo and the privilege of small, wealthy and often corrupt elites at a time when the majority can no longer earn a decent wage.

A remarkable feature of the protests from the Arab Spring onwards has been the salience of images, songs, videos, humour, satire and dramatic performances. This book explores the central role the aesthetic played in energising the mass mobilisations of young people, the disaffected, the middle classes and the apolitical silent majority, as well as enabling solidarities and alliances among democrats, workers, trade unions, civil rights activists and opposition parties.

Comparing the North African and Middle Eastern uprisings with protest movements such as Occupy, the authors bring to bear an anthropological and sociological approach from a variety of perspectives, illuminating the debate by drawing on a wide array of disciplinary expertise.' - from the back cover

Includes timeline of global protests from 2010–13 and contributors' biographies.

 

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Onsite

Location code REF.WEP3
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2014

No of pages

410

ISBN / ISSN

9780748693351

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Part One: The Arab Spring Uprisings and Their Aftermaths
Teargas, Flags and The Harlem Shake: Images of and for Revolution in Tunisia and the Dialectics of the Local in the Global

- Simon HAWKINS

Singing the Revolt in Tahrir Square: Euphoria, Utopia and Revolution

- Dalia WAHDAN

'I Dreamed of Being A People': Egypt's Revolution, the People and Critical Imagination

- Hanan SABEA

The Body of the Colonel: Caricature and Incarnation in the Libyan Revolution

- Igor CHERSTICH

Poetry of Protest: Tribes in Yemen's 'Change Revolution'

- Steven C. Caton, Hazim AL-ERYANI, Rayman ARYANI

Part Two: Beyond The Arab Spring – Asia and Africa

A Fractured Solidarity: Communitas and Structure in the Israeli 2011 Social Protest

- Oren LIVIO, Tamar KATRIEL

Gandhi, Camera, Action! India's 'August Spring'

- Christopher PINNEY

Short Circuits: The Aesthetics of Protest, Media and Martyrdom in Indian Anti-corruption Activism

- Martin WEBB

'The Mother of All Strikes': Popular Protest Culture and Unions' Strikes, 2011

- Pnina WERBNER

Part Three: Beyond The Arab Spring – American and European Protests

Vernacular Culture and Grassroots Activism: Non-violent Protest and Progressive Ethos at the 2011 Wisconsin Labour Rallies

- Christine GARLOUGH

Occupy Wall Street: Carnival Against Capital? Carnivalesque as Protest Sensibility

- Claire TANCONS

Subversion through Performance: Performance Activism in London

- Paula SERAFINI

Spain's Indignados and the Mediated Aesthetics of Non-violence

- John POSTILL

The Poetics of Indignation in Greece: Anti-Austerity Protest and Accountability

- Dimitrios THEODOSSOPOULOS

The Political Aesthetics of Global Protest: The Arab Spring and Beyond
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