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 socio-cultural, political, and 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, the expression of democracy, as well as how and why resistance is enacted across material and digital spaces. This chapter introduces the volume and explains how aesthetics of protest are performative and communicative; constituting a movement through the performance of politics.
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