The Art Of Protest: Culture And Activism From The Civil Rights Movement To The Streets Of Seattle
U of Minnesota Press - 362 pages
Imagine the civil rights movement without freedom songs and the politics of women's movements without poetry. Or, more difficult yet, imagine an America unaffected by the cultural expressions and forms of the twentieth-century social movements that have shaped our nation. The first broad overview of social movements and the distinctive cultural forms that express and helped shape them, The Art of Protest shows the vital importance of these movements to American culture. In comparative accounts of movements beginning with the African American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and running through the Internet-driven movement for global justice ("Will the revolution be cybercast?") of the twenty-first century, T. V. Reed enriches our understanding of protest and its cultural expression. Reed explores the street drama of the Black Panthers, the revolutionary murals of the Chicano movement, the American Indian Movement's use of film and video, rock music and the struggles against famine and apartheid, ACT UP's use of visual art in the campaign against AIDS, and the literature of environmental justice. Throughout, Reed employs the concept of culture in three interrelated ways: by examining social movements as sub- or countercultures; by looking at poetry, painting, music, murals, film, and fiction in and around social movements; and by considering the ways in which the cultural texts generated by resistance movements have reshaped the contours of the wider American culture. The United States is a nation that began with a protest. Through the kaleidoscopic lens of artistic and cultural expression, Reed reveals how activism continues to remake our world.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Singing Civil Rights The Freedom Song Tradition
Scenarios for Revolution The Drama of the Black Panthers
The Poetical Is the Political Feminist Poetry and the Poetics of Womens Rights
Revolutionary Walls Chicanoa Murals Chicanoa Movements
Old Cowboys New Indians Hollywood Frames the American Indian Movement
We Are Not the World Famine Apartheid and the Politics of Rock Music
ACTing UP against AIDS The Very Graphic Arts in a Moment of Crisis
Other editions - View all
ACT UP’s activists activity aesthetic African American analysis apartheid argued became black community Black Panther Party black power challenge chapter Chicano movement civil rights movement collective color consciousness-raising context corporate critical cultural forms cultural studies direct action dominant dramatic ecocritical ecocriticism economic emerged environmental justice example feminism feminist feminist poetry film force formation freedom songs gender global groups identity ideology impact important Indian issues kind labor lesbian Live Aid mainstream ment Mexican American move movement culture mural nonviolent organizing played poems poets police political Powwow Highway protesters racial racism radical resistance revolutionary role Seattle sense singing sit-ins SNCC social movements South story struggle subcultures suggests Sun City tactics texts theater theorist theory Third World tion tradition United violence women women’s movement Wounded Knee York