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Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space

Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space (Hardback)

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From the Arab uprisings to the indignados movement and the global Occupy sit-ins, recent protests and civil unrest have sparked new debates about political organisation, media representation and the nature of contemporary citizenship. But is there anything new about these occupations of public space? How are these protests legitimised or undermined by the intense mediation of streets and squares? And how are these different from expressions of dissent in other contexts, including those of ethnic minorities in the New Orleans mardi gras and survivors of natural disaster in the Philippines? This book challenges the notion of a 'disappearance of public space' by reconsidering the significance of physical space and embodiment in the conduct and consequences of protest events. Looking at a range of assemblies-sustained and fleeting, spectacular and ordinary-this volume illuminates how square and street politics and their mediation become vehicles for new ideas of community, citizenship and public life.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismDemonstrations & protest movementsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical structures: democracyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia Studies Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International Publication Date: 22/06/2016 ISBN-13: 9781783483952  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Maria Rovisco and Jonathan Corpus Ong are both lecturers in media and communication at the University of Leicester.

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