Political Street Art

Political Street Art : Communication, culture and resistance in Latin America

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Recent global events, including the 'Arab Spring' uprisings, Occupy movements and anti-austerity protests across Europe have renewed scholarly and public interest in collective action, protest strategies and activist subcultures. We know that social movements do not just contest and politicise culture, they create it too. However, scholars working within international politics and social movement studies have been relatively inattentive to the manifold political mediations of graffiti, muralism, street performance and other street art forms. Against this backdrop, this book explores the evolving political role of street art in Latin America during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It examines the use, appropriation and reconfiguration of public spaces and political opportunities through street art forms, drawing on empirical work undertaken in Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. Bringing together a range of insights from social movement studies, aesthetics and anthropology, the book highlights some of the difficulties in theorising and understanding the complex interplay between art and political practice. It seeks to explore 'what art can do' in protest, and in so doing, aims to provide a useful point of reference for students and scholars interested in political communication, culture and resistance. It will be of interest to students and scholars working in politics, international relations, political and cultural geography, Latin American studies, art, sociology and anthropology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 380g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 27 black & white illustrations, 26 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
  • 1138852880
  • 9781138852884

About Holly Eva Ryan

Holly Eva Ryan is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.show more

Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 From 'excommunication' to political expression: conceptualising political street art in Latin America 3 'Tupinaquim o Tupinaoda?': rethinking street art in Brazil 4 Pintadas and performances: street art, identity and resistance in Bolivia 5 Argentine street art: expression, crisis and change 6 Conclusionshow more