The spatial dynamics of discourse in global protest movements

ORCID logoLuisa Martín Rojo | Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
ISBN 9789027242716 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027266996 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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Large-scale protest movements have recently transformed urban common spaces into sites of resistance. The Arab Spring, the European Summer, the American Fall in 2011, the revolts in India and South Africa and, more recently, in Istanbul, in several cities in Brazil, and in Hong Kong, are part of a common wave of protests which reclaims squares and urban places, monumentally designed as political and economic centres, as places for discussion and decision-making, for increasing participation and intervention in the governance of the community. Through banners and signs, open assemblies, and other communicative practices in the encampments and interconnecting physical and virtual spaces, participants permanently reconfigure their lived spaces discursively. The attempt to account for on-going social phenomena from the moment they first happen, and with an international perspective, undoubtedly represents a theoretical and methodological challenge. This book is a successful and innovative attempt to address this challenge, capturing the complex interplay between social, spatial, and communicative practices, drawing on complementary and alternative methods. Originally published in Journal of Language and Politics issue 13:4 (2014).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 83]  2016.  viii, 180 pp.
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“In this day and age when injustices are all around us, the ‘occupy movements’ echo the voices of ‘the people’. This outbreaking and detailed book conveys the different, and often similar agendas through which multimodal devices (texts, voices, objects, images and moving people) are manifested. Together, the studies in the book assign new meanings to ‘languages in action’ in urban public spaces. An excellent, fascinating book, which challenges the field.”
“Bringing together language, politics, place, placards and protest, this book opens up an alternative space to consider how recent political movements have been giving new meaning to city squares, resistant bodies and oppositional discourses.”
“This book offers innovative perspectives on the dynamic interplay between space and semiotic practices. From Tahrir Square to Los Angeles City Hall Park, from Greece and Spain to Chile, the contributors take the reader on a world tour of the ways in which language, visual images and bodies operate performatively in order to create moments of spatial rupture. A truly interdisciplinary collection.”
“This book will be of interest to scholars conducting spatial analyses, with some chapters [...] of particular interest to linguistic landscape scholars.”
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Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016007748 | Marc record