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Bodies in Protest: Hunger Strikes and Angry Music
by Johanna Siméant, Christophe Traïni and James Jasper
Amsterdam University Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-90-485-2826-4 | Cloth: 978-90-8964-933-1
Library of Congress Classification HM1281.S564 2016

Research on social movements has historically focused on the traditional weapons of the working class, especially labor strikes and street demonstrations-but everyday actions, such as eating or singing, which can also be turned into a means of protest, have yet to be fully explored. Originally published as La grève de la faim by Johanna Siméant and La musique en colère by Christophe Traïni, Bodies in Protest is an interdisciplinary and comparative history of these modes of action that reveals how hunger strikes and music ranging from gospel songs to rock anthems can efficiently convey political messages and mobilize the masses. Common to both approaches, the chapters show, is a direct appeal to the emotions and a reliance on the physical, concrete language of the human body.

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