BETWEEN THE AVANT GARDE AND THE EVERYDAY
Subversive Politics in Europe, 1958-2008
Edited by Timothy Brown & Lorena Anton
Foreword by Detlef Siegfried, University of Copenhagen
“The book engages important and intriguing questions about culture and politics and makes a contribution to contemporary history. The essays fit together well, with a nice trajectory that includes a chronological element. The topics engaged are generally ‘fresh’ and new, but I was also impressed by the rich historiography...”
– Jonathan Petropoulos, Claremont McKenna College
Hardback: 312 pages
Publisher: Berghahn Books (July 2011)
ABOUT THE VOLUME.
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that protest can no longer be understood narrowly in terms of demonstrations, boycotts, sit-ins or teach-ins. Indeed, the action forms popularized since the 1960s frequently involve attempts to elaborate resistance to hegemonic social forces by activity in the realm of culture generally, and in the arts in particular. The blurring of the boundaries between art and politics may been as a characteristic development of the political activism of the post-war period.
"Between the Avant Garde and the Everyday" brings together twelve cutting-edge essays by an interdisciplinary group of international scholars concerned with the multifaceted link between culture and politics. Highlighting little-known case studies, this book presents an exciting range of new perspectives on cultural politics and the politics of culture in Europe from the 1950s to the fall of Communism and beyond.
"This volume presents many new insights into a subject that has not been analysed systematically enough yet. It therefore represents an important contribution to the history of subcultures and will no doubt have a considerable influence on the scholarly debate on this topic."
– Detlef Siegfried, University of Copenhagen
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Timothy Brown and Lorena Anton
Part I. Avant Gardes
Chapter 1. Gruppe Spur: Art as a Revolutionary Medium during the Cold War
Chapter 2. In Pursuit of the Invisible Revolution: Sigma in the Netherlands, 1966-1968
Part II. Spectacles
Chapter 3. "The Brigade is Everywhere." Violence and Spectacle in the British Counterculture
Chapter 4. Corpse Polemics: The Third World and the Politics of Gore in 1960s West Germany
Part III. Sounds
Chapter 5. Communist Youth Groups and Rock Music in Greece in the late 1970s
Chapter 6. The Voice of the Other America: African-American Music and Political Protest in the German Democratic Republic
Part IV. Subcultures
Chapter 7. From England with Hate: Skinheads and "Nazi Rock" in Great Britain and Germany
Chapter 8. Punk Jihads: Immigrants, Sub-Cultures and Political Violence 1955-2001
Part V. Spaces
Chapter 9. Red State, Golden Youth: Student Culture and Political Protest in 1960s Poland
Chapter 10. In the Shadow of the Wall: Urban Space and Everyday life in Berlin Kreuzberg
Part VI. Networks
Chapter 11. Between Confrontation and Frivolity? Gender and Militancy in the Czech Alter-globalisation Movement
Chapter 12. Protesting Bodies and Bodily Protest: A plea for a ‘thinking through the body’ in Social Movement Research
Chapter 13. Post-Modern Protest? Minimal Techno and Multitude
Notes on Contributors
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