Elizabeth Currans, Mark Schuller, and Tiffany Willougby-Herard



Negotiating Treacherous Terrain: Disciplinary Power, Security Cultures, and Affective Ties in a Local Antiwar Movement

The antiwar movement in Santa Barbara, California, during the buildup to the March 20, 2003, invasion and occupation of Iraq serves as a case study to explore how local antiwar activists understand: (1) public spaces (2) forms of citizenship, and (3) activism and social life itself. The authors track the emergence of three types of dissident citizenship (patriotic, affective, and vanguardist) utilizing public spaces in different ways and cultivating activist cultures that varied by degrees of hierarchy in decision-making; levels of openness to new members; relationships to state surveillance; intra-movement surveillance; and social norms.

Intra-movement disciplining, antiwar marches, Santa Barbara, protest permits, dissident citizenship, September 11, public space for protest, Afghanistan, Iraq, local anti-war activism, geographical dimensions of social activism, interactions during demonstrations, politicization of public space, security cultures, affective ties, Queer Grad, Veterans for Peace, ARISE

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 38, No. 3 (2011): 60-83


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