The Street As Stage: Protest Marches and Public Rallies since the Nineteenth Century

Hardcover | June 21, 2007

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Public protest marches and meetings have become a global and transnational phenomenon. Images of Asian Muslims protesting against cartoons published by a Danish newspaper are aired into living rooms in Europe and America. Coordinated mass demonstrations on different continents voice demands to'Make Poverty History' or to stop the war against Iraq, while the process of economic globalization has created an equally transnational network of critics.Given the worldwide adoption of Western-style street processions and meetings with their familiar symbols and rituals, it is easily forgotten that this form of organized public protest only developed in the nineteenth century and was long regarded with intense suspicion. Until well after the SecondWorld War participating in street processions and meetings was viewed by the elites as a challenge to their predominant role, and the protestors were regarded as unrespectable or worse.This volume examines the evolution of the protest march and its subsequent adaptation and use by different groups, such as nationalists, the labour movements, suffragettes, Communists, fascists, and peace and civil rights activists in Europe and the United States.The case studies focus especially on the use of symbols, rituals, traditions, public spaces and symbolic places, the interaction between the marchers, the state, and the public, the use of the media and the question of violence, as well as the success and legacy of the marches. Three further essaysintroduce the reader to the most important figures, questions, and the methodology of protest march studies in social psychology, sociology, and geography.

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Public protest marches and meetings have become a global and transnational phenomenon. Images of Asian Muslims protesting against cartoons published by a Danish newspaper are aired into living rooms in Europe and America. Coordinated mass demonstrations on different continents voice demands to'Make Poverty History' or to stop the war a...

Matthias Reiss is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.89 inPublished:June 21, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Matthias Reiss: IntroductionI. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Demonstration Marches2. Stephen Reicher and Clifford Stott: Becoming the Subjects of History: An Outline of the Psychology of Crowds3. David Gilbert: The Geographies of Demonstration Marches4. Dieter Rucht: On the Sociology of Protest MarchesII: Demonstration Marches in the Long Nineteenth Century5. Pia Nordblom: Resistance, Protest, and Demonstrations in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe: The Hambach Festival of 18326. Hugh LeCaine Agnew: Demonstrating the Nation: Symbol, Ritual, and Political Protest in Bohemia, 1867-18757. Brigitta Bader-Zaar: 'With Banners Flying': A Comparative View of Women's Suffrage Demonstrations 1906-1914III: Demonstration Marches between the World Wars8. Adam R. Seipp: An Immeasurable Sacrifice of Blood and Treasure: Demobilization, Reciprocity, and the Politics of the Streets in Munich and Manchester, 1917-219. Matthias Reiss: Marching on the Capital: National Protest Marches of the British Unemployed in the 1920s and 1930s10. Sven Reichardt: Propaganda and Violence: Fascist Demonstration Marches in Italy and GermanyIV: Demonstration Marches in the City11. Christian Koller: Demonstrating in Zurich between 1830 and 1940: From Bourgeois Protest to Proletarian Street Politics12. Simon Hall: Marching on Washington: The Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements of the 1960s13. Nikola D. Dimitrov: Streets of Anger: Opposition Protests in Belgrade and Sofia during the Winter Months of 1996-199714. Neil Jarman: Another Form of Troubles: Parades, Protests, and the Northern Ireland Peace ProcessV: New Models of Demonstration Marches15. Holger Nehring: Demonstrating for 'Peace' in the Cold War: The British and West German Easter Marches, 1958-196416. Fabian Virchow: 'Capturing the Streets': Demonstration Marches as a Political Instrument of the Extreme Right in Contemporary Germany17. Danielle Tartakowsky: Is the French Manif still Specific? Changes in French Street Demonstrations