Political Aesthetics of Global Protest

Political Aesthetics of Global Protest
Author : Pnina Werbner
Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages : 448
Release : 2014-07-30
ISBN 10 : 9780748693504
ISBN 13 : 0748693505
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Egypt to India, and from Botswana to London, worker, youth and middle class rebellions have taken on the political and bureaucratic status quo. When most people can no longer earn a decent wage, they pit themselves against the privilege of small, wealthy and often corrupt elites. 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 collection explores the central role the aesthetic played in energising the massive mobilisations of young people, the disaffected, the middle classes and the apolitical silent majority. Discover how it fuelled solidarities and alliances among democrats, workers, trade unions, civil rights activists and opposition parties.