This multi-authored, interdisciplinary collection adopts an interpretive and participatory approach to examining meanings, affects, embodiment, identity, relationality and space in the context of riots and protests. The rapidly shifting terrain of riots and occupations has left existing social-scientific theories lagging behind, challenging dominant constructions of agency and rationality. This book will fill this gap, by offering new understandings and critical perspectives on the question of what happens in space, in time and between people, during and after riots.
Weaving together observations, experiences and analyses of riots from participants, theorists and social scientists, the authors craft theoretical perspectives in close connection with researched practices. These perspectives take the form of new theoretical contributions on the spatiality, affectivity and immanent meaning of riots, and grassroots qualitative case-studies of particular events and contexts. Countering the preconceptions of riots as a trail of broken windows, burned dumpsters and angry conservatives, this book aims to demonstrate that riots are fundamentally creative, generating forms of meaning, power, knowledge, affect, social connection and participatory space which are rare, and sociologically important, in the modern world.
Mauvaise Troupe / Chapter 8: The Pressure to Condemn: Narrating the Stockholm Riot of 2013, Janna Frenzel / Chapter 9: Contesting Neoliberalism: The Political Economy of the 2012 Occupy Nigeria Protests, Kehinde Olusola Olayode / Chapter 10: Media as a Double Edged Sword: Grassroots Media Work in the Syrian Revolution, Ayham Dayoub / Chapter 11: “Kick it like China” – Riots, Action, and Repression, Katika Kühnreich / Conclusion: Some Reflections on Contemporary Riots and Militant Occupations, Andrew Robinson and Alissa Starodub / About the Authors / Index
This impressive collection of essays draws heavily on narratives by active participants in riots and offers illuminating accounts of the transgressive, resistant actions in such events. Its scope is broad and takes in many protests and locations that are less frequently attended to in academia and, more particularly, it offers a challenge to the ‘northern’ focus of much previous work.
Alissa Starodub is a Graduate Researcher at the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.