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2012 Quebec Student Protests

Some Observations on Motives, Strategies, and Their Consequences on the Reconfigurations of State and Media

Audrey Laurin-Lamothe and Michel Ratte

The first part of this article reports the main events of the 2012 student protest in Quebec leading to the government’s adoption of Bill 12. It highlights the major ideological conflict generated through the liberal managerial mutation of the academic institutions as a key to understand more clearly the student’s claims. Rapidly, the standard strike was transformed into a massive mobilization that produced many protests and other forms of resistance. The response given by the government to these unprecedented acts of resistance was Bill 12, to be understood as a symbolic coup d’état with voluntarily disruptive media effects whose aim was to make people forget the massive rejection of a pseudo tentative agreement in relation to Higher Education reform. The bill was also supported through the abusive and twisted use by the government of a series of buzzwords, like “bullying” and “access to education”, which were relayed by the media. The authors also discuss the issues surrounding the traditional conceptions regarding the analysis of discourses, mobilizing Orwell’s concept of doublethink and the notion of selfdeception inherited form Sartre.

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Daryl Glaser

works. 2 It does so through a consideration of five exercises whose practitioners or exponents make implicit or explicit democratic claims. These are the elected student body, the Student Representative Council (SRC); the student protest movement

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Dynamics of Multidimensional Interaction

The Beijing Upheaval of 1989 Revisited

Rilly Chen and Fei Yan

representation and democracy ( Esherick and Wasserstrom 1990 ; Han 1990 ), the government, cautious of the quickening pace of reform, was innately opposed to the ideology of democracy ( Baum 1996 ; Brook 1992 ). Based on a survey of student protesters at

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Creating Space for Protest and Possibility

Nimbin, Australia, from 1973

Rob Garbutt

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This article brings together the ideas of protest and counterculture in a productive engagement. If protest is understood as publicly bearing witness in opposition to something, then countercultures often do this as rejections of dominant cultures that are folded into everyday life in order to create spaces for possible futures. The countercultural experiments undertaken in the region around Nimbin, Australia, are an example of such space creation. Using interviews, presentations, and archival materials collected at a 2013 community conference marking the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Nimbin Aquarius Festival, I will explore these experiments in the context of countercultural protest. The Festival not only gathered together people under the banner of the counterculture, but provided a unique space for gathering around common matters of concern to create an ongoing countercultural community. This community continues to develop practical knowledge regarding sustainable living and innovations in grassroots environmental protest.

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Sarah Elise Wiliarty, The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany: Bringing Women to the Party

Reviewed by Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

Silja Häusermann, The Politics of Welfare State Reform in Continental Europe: Modernization in Hard Times

Reviewed by Aaron P. Boesenecker

Martin Klimke, The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany and the United States in the Global Sixties

Reviewed by Chris Lore

Katja M.Guenther, Making their Place: Feminism after Socialism in Eastern Germany

Reviewed by Ingrid Miethe

Brian M. Puaca, Learning Democracy: Education Reform in West Germany, 1945-1965

Reviewed by Miriam Intrator

Hans Kundnani, Utopia or Auschwitz—Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust

Reviewed by Joyce Marie Mushaben

Ruth H. Sanders, German: Biography of a Language

Reviewed by Kurt R. Jankowsky

Andrew Wright Hurley, The Return of Jazz: Joachim-Ernst Berendt and West German Cultural Exchange

Reviewed by Jonathan Wipplinger

Theo Sarrazin, Deutschland schafft sich ab: Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen

Reviewed by Randall Hansen

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Becoming Communist

Ideals, Dreams, and Nightmares

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

suppression of student protesters and partisans in 1950s Romania. All these essays are notable for their deep research and detailed presentation of the levels to which the state authorities, and the many who implemented their orders, went to suppress the

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Unreasonable rage, disobedient dissent

The social construction of student activists and the limits of student engagement

Jessica Gagnon

discourses that reinforce the student-as-consumer model of higher education and that dismiss student protest as ‘negative’ and ‘counter-productive’. Following that, I draw upon Ahmed’s (2014) Willful Subjects and Tyler’s (2013) Revolting Subjects to

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‘The Inexhaustible Surface of Things’

Stefano Tamburini's Comic Book Work

Simone Castaldi

political unrest that Italy was experiencing at the dawn of the student protests of 1977. This period in Italian history coincided not only with the rise of extreme left- and right-wing terrorism, political stagnation, and a severe economic crisis, but also

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Nik Farrell Fox and Bryan Mukandi

nationalistic sentiment in Europe, student protests in South Africa, and what often appears to be the affirmation of terra nullius and the White Australia Policy on the Australian academic philosophy scene, there is a tremendous amount to learn from What

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Donatella della Porta

discourse, inspired by Marxism, and a call for liberty and freedom of expression, which was nurtured by and nurtured transformations in the everyday life ( Kornetis 2018 ). The student protests in all three countries contributed to paving the way toward a