Boundaries of Dissent: Protest and State Power in the Media by Bruce D'Arcus

By Bruce D'Arcus

Barriers of Dissent appears on the manner that political protest, because it is formed during the space-time collapsing energy of media, questions nationwide id and country authority. via this lens of protest politics, Bruce D'Arcus examines how private and non-private house is symbolically mediated-the method that energy and dissent are articulated within the modern media.

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The understanding of public space was similarly bluntly commonsensical. This line of argument—in which a duty-based understanding of citizenship and a “raceless” identity politics (Goldberg 2002) was used to interpret events in public space—was quite common in interpreting the significance of the riots. Indeed, Hoover argued a similar point when he said in an interview that “[w]e are living in an age when too many citizens are thinking about their rights and privileges and too little about their duties and responsibilities” (Beatty 1967).

As such, in the following chapters, I adopt a largely antidisciplinary perspective, drawing on the innovations not only in geographic theory, but also in cultural and political theory, as well as social history. Spaces of dissent are one media through which citizenship is constituted. Bringing together theories of public space with theories of boundaries and geographic scale can offer a more nuanced understanding of both the geography and the politics of dissent. Likewise, conceiving of public space less as just a thing than as a 36 • Boundaries of Dissent networked web of intersecting spaces and spatial relationships—from the normalizing space of the law to the symbolic spaces of different kinds of communications media to the roads and highways that move people and things across space—can provide richer insight into how power is both normalized and contested.

As she writes, “[s]cale . . can become a medium through which identities are constituted; the constitution of a public space at a particular scale can change the scale at which social identities are constructed, enabling groups to draw and redraw the boundaries defining who is included and excluded” (1996: 140–41). The very notion of “insider” and “outsider” is in fact a geographic metaphor (Sibley 1995) that involves a politics of scale. The community of insiders is a bounded space that might be drawn at the scale of a neighborhood, a city, a nation-state, or even larger 22 • Boundaries of Dissent civilizational identities of the sort that has become fashionable to emphasize after 9/11.

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