Spectacle, spaces and political change: 1968 and now

Alex Campsie

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Fifty years on from 1968, the moment seems right, therefore, to think about the relationship between disruptive protests, politics, and social change more broadly, in 1968 and now. This was a moment when the politics of the spectacular, the reclamation of space, and a general sense of disruption came to the fore. 1968 was swiftly mythologize as a moment of disruptive change, though in fact people should think of a 'long 1968' spanning several years. One historian has written of the 'euphoric anti-authoritarian thrust of 1966-1972'. This moment is remembered as a spectacle of pure liberation. This year's 50th anniversary will be marked by all the familiar images. But 1968 was also produced and reproduced as a spectacle too: images of militancy in Mexico City, Chicago, the Sorbonne, Bolivia and Belfast drew on and referred to one another for collective, reciprocal force.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalRenewal: A Journal of Social Democracy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018


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