Interlude: The Globalization of the Aesthetics of Protest

  • Julia Ramírez Blanco
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism book series (PASU)


In this panoramic chapter, Ramírez Blanco studies the protest aesthetics of what became known as the ‘anti-globalization movement’, the ‘alter-globalization movement’, or the ‘movement of movements’. Focusing briefly on several global events, analysis is directed at the codification of a repertoire for a new visual vocabulary of street dissidence, which took on a transnational dimension through the format of the counter-summits. So-called ‘tactical frivolity’, Italian disobedience, and new conceptions of the multitude are studied from the point of view of their aesthetic and symbolic elements. The author argues that, in this protest cycle, the forms of the countercultural festival are mixed definitively with the parading style of traditional workers’ movements.


Anti-globalization movement Seattle Protest aesthetics Activism 


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  • Julia Ramírez Blanco
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