Social Protest and the Absence of Legalistic Discourse: In the Quest for New Language of Dissent

Int J Semiot Law, DOI 10.1007/s11196-014-9378-5, 2014

22 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2015

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Shulamit Almog

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

Gad Barzilai

University of Haifa; University of Washington - Henry. M. Jackson School of International Studies, Societies and Justice Program

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Date Written: August 21, 2015

Abstract

Legalistic discourse, lawyers and lawyering had minor representation during the 2011 summer protest events in Israel. In this paper we explore and analyze this phenomena by employing content analysis on various primary and secondary sources, among them structured personal interviews with leaders and major activists involved in the protest, flyers, video recordings made by demonstrators and songs written by them. Our findings show that participants cumulatively produced a pyramid-like structure of social power that is anchored in the enterprise of organizing the protest. Our findings explicate how the non-legalistic and even anti-legalistic discourse of the protest was formed, shaped and generated within the power relations of the protest, and how a pyramid of power produced a new poetics of protest that rejected the traditional poetics of state law. The power relations that generated the discourse regarding state law were embedded in socioeconomic stratification along the divide of center and periphery in Israel.

Keywords: Law; Poetics; Law and Society; Law and Poetics; Law and Social Protest; Social Change; Law and Social Change; Social Movements; Legal Discourse; Israel and Palestine

Suggested Citation

Almog, Shulamit and Barzilai, Gad, Social Protest and the Absence of Legalistic Discourse: In the Quest for New Language of Dissent (August 21, 2015). Int J Semiot Law, DOI 10.1007/s11196-014-9378-5, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2648862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2648862

Shulamit Almog

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

Gad Barzilai (Contact Author)

University of Haifa ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

University of Washington - Henry. M. Jackson School of International Studies, Societies and Justice Program ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States
206- 353 3169 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.washington.edu/gbarzil/

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