This book discusses a broadly understood phenomenon of protest from several perspectives, including historical, cultural, social, political, environmental and semiotic. Through their analyses, the authors undertake to envision the possible evolution of the forms of contestation in the further decades of the 21st century, taking into account the specificity of the globalisation processes.
A multidimensional approach offered in this volume makes it possible to capture and identify new features of contemporary contestation and those that seem unchanged despite the passage of time and altering audiences. Examples from Europe (France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Malta, Bulgaria, Poland, Belarus, Russia), America (the United States, Mexico, Chile) and Far East (Hong Kong and China) are relevant case studies that show the faces of contestation while reaching for new or modified rhetoric, symbolism, communication channels and the so-called modus operandi of protest initiators, active and passive participants and short- and long-distant observers.
The book will be of value to a wide audience, particularly to the researchers studying contestation, social resistance, individual and collective disobedience, crisis management and cultural/social dynamic of protests. It will also be of interest to experts and individuals from outside the academia like civil activists, practitioners and NGOs compelled by contemporary processes (tensions) occurring between the state, power, society and individuals.
Monika Banaś and Ruslan Saduov
1. 1917 Russian revolutions: Success, collapse and today’s consequences
2. With the intention to be subjective: The rhetoric of contemporary liberal media in Russia
3. Semantic opposition of US versus THEM in late 2020 Russian-language Belarusian discourse: Synchronic and diachronic aspects
4. The dynamics of the 2020–2021 protests in Bulgaria
5. Crisis of capitalism and its effect on voters' attitudes in the Western world
István Benczes and István Kollai
6. ‘Kill the Bill’ protests in British politics
7. Women's social movement to end violence against women: The case of Chile
María Paula Malinowski Rubio
8. Women’s "Black Protest" in Poland. Symbolism and performance as (un)effective negotiation in political discourse
9. Turpism and anti-aestheticism of political struggle for Sami rights in Norway
10. The wind of protest goes ... and then returns. Feminist movements in Italy from the 1970s to the 2020s
11. People power: Dissent and reaction in twentieth-century colonial Malta
12. From the Poor People’s Campaign to the Poor People’s Campaign: Fifty years of protest in the United States
13. Model of inclusive civil socio-ecological culture as a novel form of protest. The case of the Water Pedagogical Forest
José G. Vargas-Hernández
14. Chinese media coverage of Hong Kong’s anti-government protests in the context of Chinese nationalism