Protest Camps in International Context

Spaces, infrastructures and media of resistance

Through a series of interdisciplinary case studies, this topical collection is the first to focus on protest camps as unique organisational forms that transcend particular social movements’ contexts. The book offers a critical understanding of current protest events and will help better understanding of new global forms of democracy in action.

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From the squares of Spain to indigenous land in Canada, protest camps are a tactic used around the world. Since 2011 they have gained prominence in recent waves of contentious politics, deployed by movements with wide-ranging demands for social change. Through a series of international and interdisciplinary case studies from five continents, this topical collection is the first to focus on protest camps as unique organisational forms that transcend particular social movements’ contexts. Whether erected in a park in Istanbul or a street in Mexico City, the significance of political encampments rests in their position as distinctive spaces where people come together to imagine alternative worlds and articulate contentious politics, often in confrontation with the state.

Written by a wide range of experts in the field the book offers a critical understanding of current protest events and will help better understanding of new global forms of democracy in action.

Dr Gavin Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leicester. He is a social and cultural geographer with an interest in individual and collective identities in relation to processes of social change. The main focus of his current work is a Leverhulme Trust funded project recording the historical geographies of British anti-apartheid activism in the 1980s. This project examines the transformative power of standing in solidarity with distant others. He has an international reputation for his work on the geographies of sexuality and his recent work has theorized the sexual politics of austerity.

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