Carnivals Against Capital: Radical Clowning and the Global Justice Movement

“Carnivals Against Capital: Radical Clowning and the Global Justice Movement,”
essay in the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies-sponsored collection “The Arts and Cultural Politics of Carnival.”
(Under review by Duke U. Press)

The idea of Bakhtinian “Carnival,” a topsy-turvy, egalitarian moment where the masses enact a fleeting utopia and/or let off some steam, has been discussed in academia ad nauseum.  How is this idea relevant to the new social movements, and how have those movements adapted it to their own ideologies?

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