Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Martin Klimke, and Joachim Scharloth (eds.), Protest Cultures: A Companion, Vol. 1: Elements of Protest, Cambridge & New York: Berghahn Books (Spring 2013), Forthcoming
7 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2012
Date Written: 2012
Mummery comprises all practices to conceal one’s identity – usually by (partially) covering the face. It has a long tradition as a repertoire of contention, and the prominence of Guy Fawkes masks in the recent worldwide occupy- and internet-protests underline its ongoing relevance. But despite its long tradition, the actual history of mummery as a protest practice is not at all linear. in this contribution I will explore the practice of mummery, starting with a description of its various forms, and proceeding with a discussion of its meanings, its historical roots and the authorities’ reactions to this practice.
Keywords: Social Movements, Protest, Repertoire of Contention, Identity, Violence
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