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Towards a ‘World Revolution’?: forging a transnational emancipation narrative from Tahrir Square to Wall Street


Sobral Mourao, Ana (2013). Towards a ‘World Revolution’?: forging a transnational emancipation narrative from Tahrir Square to Wall Street. In: Detmers, Ines; Heidemann, Birte. 'From popular Goethe to global pop': the idea of the West between memory and (dis)empowerment. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 229-253.

Abstract

Based on Arjun Appadurai’s concept of “mediascapes” as images produced and propagated by mass communication media in which “the lines between the realistic and the fictional landscapes […] are blurred”, this essay explores the symbolic expressions of discontent in such diverse settings as the “Arab Revolution”, the youth protests in Spain, the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the web attacks on major corporations following the imprisonment of Julian Assange from Wikileaks. I focus on the common rhetorical means, symbols, scripts and practices employed by the different groups behind these events. Additionally, I examine how they not only borrow from but also feed back into pop cultural products such as music, film and street art. Combining theories of social and cultural performance, the analysis discusses the importance of these events and movements as a communicative process in a globalised culture.

Abstract

Based on Arjun Appadurai’s concept of “mediascapes” as images produced and propagated by mass communication media in which “the lines between the realistic and the fictional landscapes […] are blurred”, this essay explores the symbolic expressions of discontent in such diverse settings as the “Arab Revolution”, the youth protests in Spain, the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the web attacks on major corporations following the imprisonment of Julian Assange from Wikileaks. I focus on the common rhetorical means, symbols, scripts and practices employed by the different groups behind these events. Additionally, I examine how they not only borrow from but also feed back into pop cultural products such as music, film and street art. Combining theories of social and cultural performance, the analysis discusses the importance of these events and movements as a communicative process in a globalised culture.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:23 Apr 2019 14:00
Last Modified:14 May 2019 12:23
Publisher:Rodopi
Series Name:Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
Number:166
ISSN:0929-6999
ISBN:978-90-420-3749-6
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/9789401210003_015
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=ebi01_prod010001662&context=L&vid=ZAD&search_scope=default_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=de_DE (Library Catalogue)

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