The art of civil action : political space and cultural dissent / Philipp Dietachmair & Pascal Gielen (eds.) ; with contributions by Andrew Barnett [and sixteen others] ; translation, Esther Banev [and three others].

Amsterdam : Valiz, 2017.
351 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.


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Civil society around the world is increasingly dealing with global questions, whereby it also begins to assume transnational forms of organisation. The arts, with their ability to project alternative realities and communicate ideas, can play a key role in addressing public and political problems. In looking at different platforms, activist groups, and new forms of citizens' initiatives, this book asks how cultural and art initiatives can both question and strengthen the civil domain. Social scientists, cultural theorists, activists, and artists explore how arts and culture can offer various strategies and forms of organisation for a locally rooted society in a globally connected context.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Translated from various languages.
  • Introduction: Public, civil and civic spaces / Pascal Gielen & Philipp Dietachmair
  • Understanding civil cultures.
  • The civil potency of a singular experience: on the role of cultural organizations in transnational civil undertakings / Pascal Gielen & Thijs Lijster
  • In the absence of culture there can be no political community: a conversation with Ivan Krastev / Philipp Dietachmair & Pascal Gielen
  • Transnational activism through the arts: more a potential than a reality / Yudhishthir Raj Isar
  • Beyond the violence of colonial civility: examining the art of Raven Davis / Max Haiven
  • Getting on the ground.
  • Artistic spaces of civil action.
  • To give a voice: a conversation with Stefan Kaegi of Rimini Protokoll / Giuliana Ciancio & Pascal Gielen
  • Recetas urbanas: 'Urban recipes' for an active citizenry / Llorenç Bonet
  • Regional experiences of cultural activism.
  • Contradictions in Russian cultural politics: conservatism as an instrument of neoliberalism / Ilya Budraitskis
  • From independent cultural work to political subjectivity: a conversation with Tomislav Medak / Philipp Dietachmair
  • On 'social culture' in Poland / Igor Stokfiszewski
  • Rethinking relationships: the civic role of arts organizations in England / Andrew Barnett
  • Performance of dissent: from cultural resilience to catharsis and reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia / Milena Dragićević Šešić in conversation with Borka Pavićević
  • A stage for resistance: the cultural scene in Turkey / Hakan Topal.
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