Rowman and Littlefield International

Taking the Square

Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space

Edited by Maria Rovisco, Jonathan Corpus Ong

Publication date:

22 June 2016

Length of book:

252 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783483952

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 assembliessustained and fleeting, spectacular and ordinarythis volume illuminates how square and street politics and their mediation become vehicles for new ideas of community, citizenship and public life.
Taking the Square provides an innovative perspective on civic resistance and social movement including case studies from the Arab uprisings to the indignados movement and Occupy. Contributors show how embodied protest events, assemblies and performances challenge conventional notions of media visibility to create new public spaces. Finally a book on culture, media and protest in Western and non-Western contexts.