This insightful volume critically explores activist events in their scale and their capacity to attract media attention through a critical event studies lens, offering new perspectives on protests and social movement.

This book conceives events of dissent as the public manifestation of counter-narratives that articulate advocacy for policy change. It focuses on the material and virtual manifestation of protest events and the media response to them, associated with three active social movements – Reclaim These Streets, Extinction Rebellion, and Black Lives Matter. In doing so, the text sheds light on how different political orientations within the media articulate the representation of events of dissent manifest by these groups, and how this results in significantly different opinion-forming statements on the issues behind those movements, as well as how this reflects mediated assessment of the responses of politicians, the public, and emergency service responses to protest events. Furthermore, it will explore the role of the Internet in the organisation of protest events and their part in the formation of networks of resistance, enabling the roll out of events with a global reach – demonstrated, more recently, by protests across many European cities against the war in Ukraine.

This timely and significant book will appeal to scholars of and those interested in events tourism, protest, political communication, and media, amongst others.

chapter |13 pages

Protest and media

A CES perspective

chapter 1|25 pages

The manifestation of events of dissent

chapter 2|9 pages

Protests as individual experiences

chapter 3|11 pages

Organising events of dissent

chapter 4|12 pages

Articulating events of dissent

chapter 5|10 pages

The eventalisation of the political

chapter 6|28 pages

Final remarks – in conversation with …