Contemporary protest and the legacy of dissent by Stuart Price, Ruth Sanz Sabido

By Stuart Price, Ruth Sanz Sabido

Contemporary protest, frequently awarded in media varieties as a dramatic ritual performed out in an iconic public house has supplied a powerful image of the frequent financial and social discontent that could be a characteristic of eu lifestyles less than the guideline of “austerity.” but, underneath this floor task, which supplies the headlines and photographs general from mainstream information insurance, lies an entire array of deeper buildings, modes of habit, and types of human affiliation.

Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent bargains a colourful and insightful assessment of contemporary protest events, ideologies, and occasions. Written by way of lecturers and activists accustomed to the thoughts, values, and arguments of these teams and members chargeable for shaping the fashionable panorama of protest, it finds the interior tale of a couple of campaigns and occasions. It analyzes a few of the manifestations of dissent—on and offline, obvious and vague, revolutionary and reactionary—through the paintings of a couple of commentators and committed “academic activists,” whereas reassessing the normal explanatory frameworks provided through modern theorists. In doing so, it bargains a coherent account of the diversity of educational and theoretical methods to the research of protest and social movements.

Contributions via: David Bates, Mark Bergfeld, Vincent Campbell, Claire English, Ingrid M. Hoofd, Soeren Keil, Matthew Ogilvie, Stuart fee, Anandi Ramamurthy, Ruth Sanz Sabido, Lee Salter, Cassian Sparkes-Vian, and Thomas Swann.

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Anti-austerity demonstrations are understood here as sites in which the legacies of the past, current socio-economic conditions and a desire to develop a better future, converge and find expression in the messages that protesters display during events. In this context, political meanings about current issues are communicated by making symbolic references to a shared history to which, in some measure, everyone in Spain can relate. In this chapter, I apply the concept of ‘cultural memory’ (Erll 2010) to examine some of the ways in which Spain’s history is remembered, and how activists’ political identities and demands are partly shaped by a selective understanding of Spanish history.

The Legacy of Dissent 25 NOTES 1. The rather desolate main site of the University of Nanterre had been built as a residential campus in the suburbs of Paris, and became an early focal point of student dissatisfaction and revolt (Seale and McConville 1968, 28; Seidman 2004, 21). 2. The potential of ‘citizenship’ to become a transformative discourse is partly dependent on the state’s response to the demands of protest, and the extent to which it either resists or attempts to incorporate the movement concerned.

In short, Franco’s enemies were not allowed to find closure and, moreover, continued to be persecuted long after the end of the war. In effect, we can argue that the Civil War ended in 1939 for Franco’s side, but that it continued, through the application of tireless repressive measures, for anyone who had shown any evidence of dissent towards the imposed regime, including trade unionists, teachers and peasants. It has not been possible to determine the exact number of victims that disappeared during the war and the dictatorship, but what is evident is that ‘They Call It Democracy’ 33 their families did not have a fair chance to seek justice or even to discover where their relatives were buried (Renshaw 2011; Silva 2006).

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