1st Edition

Protest in Late Modern Societies Dynamics, Forms, Futures

Edited By Monika Banaś, Ruslan Saduov Copyright 2023
    238 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 

    Fabien Tarrit 

    2. With the intention to be subjective: The rhetoric of contemporary liberal media in Russia

    Ruslan Saduov 

    3. Semantic opposition of US versus THEM in late 2020 Russian-language Belarusian discourse: Synchronic and diachronic aspects

    Antonina Matsiunova  

    4. The dynamics of the 20202021 protests in Bulgaria  

    Desislava Damyanova 

    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 

    Małgorzata Kułakowska 

    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 

    Monika Banaś 

    9. Turpism and anti-aestheticism of political struggle for Sami rights in Norway 

    Mariola Pawełko 

    10. The wind of protest goes ... and then returns. Feminist movements in Italy from the 1970s to the 2020s 

    Ignazia Bartholini 

    11. People power: Dissent and reaction in twentieth-century colonial Malta 

    George Cassar 

    12. From the Poor People’s Campaign to the Poor People’s Campaign: Fifty years of protest in the United States  

    Mike Kohout 

    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

    Joanna Wardęga 


    Monika Banaś is Professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Her research focuses on culture, politics and their mutual dependencies. She has published on migration and integration policies, political culture and political symbolism. Her works include Integration Policy as a Challenge for European Cohesion in Politické Vedy (2022), Swedish Migrant Integration Policy After 2015: A Revised Approach in the Shadow of the Migration Crisis in Fuori Luogo (2021), The Cultural Potential of Femipolitics in Ireland at the Turn of the 20. and 21. Centuries (in Polish) in Kobiety w polityce (2020). She is the chief editor of the academic journal Intercultural Relations.

    Ruslan Saduov is Assistant Professor at Innopolis University, a holder of Fulbright and Slovak National Fellowships, designer and director of Fundamental and Applied Linguistics Program at Bashkir State University and a provider of translation and interpretation services. He has designed and taught academic courses, such as academic writing, public speaking, forensic linguistics and translation. His research areas include multimodal texts, linguistic landscape, political linguistics and cross-cultural communication. He has authored over 90 publications, including Multilingualism and Identity in the Visual Space: Linguistic Landscape in the Urban Periphery (2022) and co-edited anthologies, such as Linguistic and Cultural Landscape: At the Crossroads of Research Paradigms (2021).