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The Art of Protest

Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Present

T. V. Reed

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University of Minnesota Press
01 April 2019
The Arts: General & Reference; Religious freedom & freedom of worship; Political activism
This new edition of T. V. Reed's acclaimed work offers accounts of ten key progressive movements in postwar America, from the African American struggle for civil rights beginning in the 1950s to Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter in the twenty-first century. Reed focuses on the artistic activities of these movements to frame progressive social change and its cultural legacies.
By:   T. V. Reed
Imprint:   University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 51mm
ISBN:   9781517906214
ISBN 10:   1517906210
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   01 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents Introduction 1. Singing Civil Rights: The Freedom Song Tradition 2. Dramatic Resistance: Theatrical Politics from the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter 3. The Poetical Is the Political: Feminist Poetry and the Poetics of Women's Rights 4. Revolutionary Walls: Chicano/a Murals, Chicano/a Movements 5. Old Cowboys, New Indians: Hollywood Frames the American Indian Movement 6. We Are [Not] the World : Famine, Apartheid, and the Politics of Rock Music 7. ACTing UP against AIDS: The (Very) Graphic Arts in a Moment of Crisis 8. Novels of Environmental Justice: Toxic Colonialism and the Nature of Culture 9. Puppetry against Puppet Regimes: The Battle of Seattle and the Global Justice Movement 10. #Occupy All the Arts: Challenging Wall Street and Economic Inequality Worldwide Conclusion: The Cultural Study of Social Movements Acknowledgments Notes Index

T. V. Reed is Buchanan Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Washington State University. His recent books include Digitized Lives: Culture, Power, and Social Change in the Internet Era and Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left. Reed edits the website culturalpolitics.net.

Reviews for The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Present

This impressive study demonstrates that culture matters to social movements and that social movements affect cultural and aesthetic practices. From the transmission of southern spirituals into freedom songs during the civil rights era to political theater in antiracist struggles, from poetry as a site of feminist consciousness-raising to mural painting within the Chicano movement, from rock music and the 1980s anti-apartheid student movement to performance art in ACT UP, T. V. Reed vividly demonstrates that cultural work has been a vital medium for imagining and acting for social change. -Lisa Lowe, author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics The Art of Protest is a great introduction to the history of social movements, but it is also an important book about art and culture, about the infinitely lively, complex, and contradictory roles assigned to performances and cultural expressions by social movements. -George Lipsitz, author of American Studies in a Moment of Danger As a veteran teacher and practitioner of artistic activism, there are a few resources I have found to be invaluable: T. V. Reed's The Art of Protest is one of them. Knowledgeable, lucid, comprehensive, and creative, it is simply the best book out there for understanding how activists in the United States have used cultural strategies and artistic tactics to effectively-and affectively-challenge existing power and envision radical alternatives. I have taught the first edition of this book every year since it was first published, and the release of this new edition means I'll be teaching it for years to come. -Stephen Duncombe, co-director, Center for Artistic Activism T. V. Reed's fully renovated version of this landmark study is even more relevant than the original publication. In the past fifteen years, the energy and creativity of artists and cultural workers has become increasingly central to the political work of movements. An indispensable overview! -Andrew Ross, New York University


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