The Design of Protest

Publication: Forthcoming
Authors: Tali Hatuka

The dynamic of planning and managing protests as social processes is on the rise because it is a very basic tool with which people can temporarily break free of individualist constraints, resist the powers that be, and suggest a collective counter-position. In a world of social and political fragmentation, when a sense of community is “lost,” imagining spaces is key in creating meaning and enhancing change. However, although a growing civilian consciousness continues to assert its power to make change, contemporary protest practices face key challenges in bringing about change.

This book is about the ways in which protestors envision their actions and plan them in public space. It offers a broad enquiry into the design of protests in public spaces, exploring the role of urban spaces in realizing social and political change and in modifying practices of distance.