Protest movements are struggles to be seen and to be heard. In the last 60 years protest movements around the world have mobilized against injustices and inequalities to bring about substantial sociocultural, sociopolitical, and socio-economic changes. Whilst familiar repertoires of action persist, such as strikes, demonstrations, and occupations of public space, the landscape is very different from 60 years ago when the so-called ‘new social movements’ emerged. We need to take stock of the terrain of protest movements, including dramatic developments in digital technologies and communication, the use of visual culture by protestors, and the expression of democracy. This chapter introduces the volume and explains how aesthetics of protest are performative and communicative, constituting a movement through the performance of politics.
|Title of host publication||The Aesthetics of Global Protest|
|Subtitle of host publication||Visual Culture and Communication|
|Editors||Aidan McGarry, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Olu Jenzen, Umut Korkut|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||Amsterdam University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Dec 2019|
McGarry, A., Erhart, I., Eslen-Ziya, H., Jenzen, O., & Korkut, U. (2019). Introduction to The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication. In A. McGarry, I. Erhart, H. Eslen-Ziya, O. Jenzen, & U. Korkut (Eds.), The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication (pp. 15-35). Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463724913