Libraries amid Protest unpacks how these protest librarieslabor-intensive, temporary installations in parks and city squares, poorly protected from the weather, at odds with security forcescontinue to arise. In telling the stories of these surprising and inspiring spaces through interviews and other research, Sherrin Frances confronts the complex history of American public libraries. She argues that protest libraries function as the spaces of opportunity and resistance promised, but not delivered, by American public libraries.
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|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Series:||Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionCH 1, The emergence of protest librariesCH 2, The visual rhetoric of librariesCH 3, Space, behavior, and tensionCH 4, Circulation of capital(ism)CH 5, Ideology and nationalismCH 6, Adaptability and patternsCH 7, Assembling collectivesConclusion
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I know of no other study that provides such a crucial historical chronicle about book culture within Occupy Wall Street and the movement of the squares. It's almost as if the author pried open a previously inaccessible archive of dissident knowledge and invited us inside.
Libraries amid Protest tells an important story about the physical, intellectual, and emotional heft of the collections of books that sprang into existence at sites of resistance during the 2010s. It presents a new perspective on the multilayered activities that make up protest movements and asks us to broaden our understanding of the symbolic and material significance of libraries.