Bodies in Protest

Hunger Strikes and Angry Music

Johanna Siméant and Christophe Traïni

Bodies in Protest

Johanna Siméant and Christophe Traïni

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

163 pages | 7 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089649331 Published August 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Research on social movements has historically focused on the traditional weapons of the working class, especially labor strikes and street demonstrations—but everyday actions, such as eating or singing, which can also be turned into a means of protest, have yet to be fully explored. Originally published as La grève de la faim by Johanna Siméant and La musique en colère by Christophe Traïni, Bodies in Protest is an interdisciplinary and comparative history of these modes of action that reveals how hunger strikes and music ranging from gospel songs to rock anthems can efficiently convey political messages and mobilize the masses. Common to both approaches, the chapters show, is a direct appeal to the emotions and a reliance on the physical, concrete language of the human body.
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