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Imagine the civil rights movement without freedom songs and the politics of women's movements without poetry. Or, more difficult yet, imagine an America unaffected by the cultural expressions and forms of the twentieth-century social movements that have shaped our nation. The first broad overview of social movements and the distinctive cultural forms that express and helped shape them, The Art of Protest shows the vital importance of these movements to American culture. In comparative accounts of movements beginning with the African American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and running through the Internet-driven movement for global justice ("Will the revolution be cybercast?") of the twenty-first century, T. V. Reed enriches our understanding of protest and its cultural expression. Reed explores the street drama of the Black Panthers, the revolutionary murals of the Chicano movement, the American Indian Movement's use of film and video, rock music and the struggles against famine and apartheid, ACT UP's use of visual art in the campaign against AIDS, and the literature of environmental justice. Throughout, Reed employs the concept of culture in three interrelated ways: by examining social movements as sub- or countercultures; by looking at poetry, painting, music, murals, film, and fiction in and around social movements; and by considering the ways in which the cultural texts generated by resistance movements have reshaped the contours of the wider American culture. The United States is a nation that began with a protest. Through the kaleidoscopic lens of artistic and cultural expression, Reed reveals how activism continues to remake our world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxiii
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  1. ONE: Singing Civil Rights: The Freedom Song Tradition
  2. pp. 1-39
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  1. TWO: Scenarios for Revolution: The Drama of the Black Panthers
  2. pp. 40-74
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  1. THREE: The Poetical Is the Political: Feminist Poetry and the Poetics of Women's Rights
  2. pp. 75-102
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  1. FOUR: Revolutionary Walls: Chicano/a Murals, Chicano/a Movements
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. FIVE: Old Cowboys, New Indians: Hollywood Frames the American Indian Movement
  2. pp. 129-155
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  1. SIX: "We Are [Not] the World": Famine, Apartheid, and the Politics of Rock Music
  2. pp. 156-178
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  1. SEVEN: ACTing UP against AIDS: The (Very) Graphic Arts in a Moment of Crisis,
  2. pp. 179-217
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  1. EIGHT: Environmental Justice Ecocriticism: Race, Class, Gender, and Literary Ecologies
  2. pp. 218-239
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  1. NINE: Will the Revolution Be Cybercast? New Media, the Battle of Seattle, and Global Justice
  2. pp. 240-285
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  1. TEN: Reflections on the Cultural Study of Social Movements
  2. pp. 286-316
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 317-344
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816692637
Related ISBN
9780816637713
MARC Record
OCLC
133159675
Pages
388
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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