Abstract

Abstract:

On the basis of historical work on the global 1960s in Japan, I argue for the need to reconceptualize police/protest confrontations as essentially performative at all levels—as activists’ confrontations against normalized understandings and practices and, on the other side, the police’s defense of norms and of state legitimacy, including that of their own use of force. It is a performance of two counterposed senses, of the conventional and the possible, playing to enact or elide new emancipatory claims.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2165-2686
Print ISSN
0888-3203
Pages
pp. 117-123
Launched on MUSE
2021-08-11
Open Access
No
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