Protest is vital form of collective work. Most, if not all, of the democratic rights that we enjoy—including democracy itself—are arguably the result of social protest. And yet it seems increasingly clear that contemporary protest is not working. This is a potentially dangerous situation: if protest is broken then positive social change is stymied. So why are protests failing? And how can we make protest work? This talk responds to these urgent questions from interdisciplinary activist perspective. I suggest both an explanation of contemporary protest failure and an alternative theory of the role of protest in the work of social change.
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