The Mask and the Flag: The Rise of Anarchopopulism in Global Protest

Paperback | May 29, 2017

byPaolo Gerbaudo

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From Tahrir Square, to the indignados of Southern Europe, Occupy Wall Street, the Gezi protest in Turkey and Brazil's June Movement, contemporary protest bears the mark of anarcho-populism, a hybrid political culture in which the Guy Fawkes mask of anarchism is overlaid by the national flag ofdemocratic populism. Emboldened by popular calls to mobilize citizens against economic and political oligarchies, these movements have broadened participatory practices previously confined to neo-anarchist countercultures. They have built assemblies, protest camps, and used social media as platformsfor mass mobilization, often winning widespread support. Gerbaudo argues that the populist turn has allowed protestors to break out of the activist ghetto and to tackle the fragmentation of identity politics. Paradoxically, an obsession with flat and acephalous organizational models has made them incapable of integrating those they first mobilized in massprotest, ultimately condemning them to defeat by state repression and internal exhaustion. Despite its evanescence, this protest wave has propagated an inclusive spirit of popular solidarity and led to the foundation of new initiatives and organizations which will shape politics for years tocome.

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From Tahrir Square, to the indignados of Southern Europe, Occupy Wall Street, the Gezi protest in Turkey and Brazil's June Movement, contemporary protest bears the mark of anarcho-populism, a hybrid political culture in which the Guy Fawkes mask of anarchism is overlaid by the national flag ofdemocratic populism. Emboldened by popular ...

Paolo Gerbaudo is Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society at King's College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:May 29, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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