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Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

Protest, Popular Culture and Tradition in Modern and Contemporary Western Europe

Editors: Favretto, Ilaria, Itcaina, Xabier (Eds.)

  • Challenges the conventional distinction between pre-industrial and post-1789 collective forms of action
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  • Deals comprehensively with the history of European protest from the 19th to 21st century
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  • Examines the uses, meanings, imagery, functions, and revivals of protest movements in contemporary European political discourse
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Mock funerals, effigy parading, smearing with eggs and tomatoes, pot-banging and Carnival street theatre, arson and ransacking: all these seemingly archaic forms of action have been regular features of modern European protest, from the 19th to the 21st century. In a wide chronological and geographical framework, this book analyses the uses, meanings, functions and reactivations of folk imagery, behaviour and language in modern collective action. The authors examine the role of protest actors as diverse as peasants, liberal movements, nationalist and separatist parties, anarchists, workers, students, right-wing activists and the global justice movement. So-called traditional repertoires have long been described as residual and obsolete. This book challenges the conventional distinction between pre-industrial and post-1789 forms of collective action, which continues to operate as a powerful dichotomy in the understanding of protest, and casts new light on rituals and symbolic performances that, albeit poorly understood and deciphered, are integral to our protest repertoire.

About the authors

Ilaria Favretto is Professor of Contemporary European History at Kingston University, UK. She has published on the British and the Italian Left after 1945; on memory and identity in post-war Italy; and most recently, on Italian factory protest in the period after 1945.

Xabier Itçaina is CNRS Research fellow-HDR in Political Sociology at the Centre Emile Durkheim, France, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France, and a former Marie Curie Fellow (2012-2013) at the European University Institute, Italy. His research focuses on the politics of Catholicism, social economy and local development, political anthropology and identity politics.

Reviews

“This sparkling volume renews our understanding of the character of popular protest, from left to right, across modern Europe.  The carnivalesque, the charivari, and other performative genres are drawn from the local past to try to overturn present injustice.  Kudos to Ilaria Favretto and Xabier Itçaina for bringing together these essays, whose drama deepens our vision of political movements and their possibilities, even in our own day.” (Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, Canada)

“This finely crafted and very important edited volume by Ilaria Favretto and Xabier Itçaina, returns to the classic concerns of the New Social History of the middle and late twentieth century but with the advantage of employing the insights gained by a half century of New Social Movement theory, practice and studies. Thus the chiarivari and other so-called early modern and early industrial social phenomena never died. They are present in the industrial struggles of 1970s of Italy and indeed in the Alter-Globalisation, Occupy and Square movements of the early twenty-first centuries. In a series of invigorating chapters, this volume proclaims that the division between the pre-modern, modern and contemporary supply too much heat but not much light.  Read and enjoy.” (Professor Carl Levy, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

“The history of social movements has taught us how in the nineteenth century trade unions and progressive parties, wanting to rationalize and impose order on popular dissent, waged war on the insults, satire, rowdiness and carnivalesque behaviours that had been rooted in popular tradition. These practices seemed relegated to the margins of protest action. However, the contributors to this volume describe the reinvention of an armoury of sedition, placing great emphasis on ridicule. This nuanced and rigorous enquiry into the resurgence of burlesque forms of protest makes for enthralling reading.” (François Ploux, Université de Bretagne-Sud, France)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Looking Backward to Move Forward—Why Appreciating Tradition Can Improve Our Understanding of Modern Protest

    Favretto, Ilaria

    Pages 1-20

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  • “The Modernity of Tradition”: Popular Culture and Protest in Nineteenth-Century Germany

    Brophy, James M.

    Pages 21-43

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  • Charivari and the 1876 Italian Elections

    Baroncini, Enrico

    Pages 45-61

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  • Peasant Resistance Traditions and the Irish War of Independence, 1918–21

    Borgonovo, John

    Pages 63-87

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  • A Fight for the Right to Get Drunk: The Autumn Fair Riot in Eskilstuna, 1937

    Nyzell, Stefan

    Pages 89-102

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-50737-2
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-50736-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Protest, Popular Culture and Tradition in Modern and Contemporary Western Europe
Editors
  • Ilaria Favretto
  • Xabier Itcaina
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50737-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50737-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50736-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 273
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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