global youth protests

Tunisians rally in Sidi Bouzid, Dec. 17, 2013, the birthplace of the Arab Spring to mark the third anniversary of the uprising. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/what-happened-after-the-arab-spring-1.2723934

From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, how do we understand the mass protests by youth that achieved particular heights in 2011 and continued to spread around the globe?   How do these mobilizations compare to the agency of your generational cohorts?

Readings

1.  Marta Ramoneda. [View slide show] In Want of Jobs, Protesters Take Over the Streets.  The New York Times.  June 6, 2011.

  1. Occupy Wall Street 951 cities 82 countries. SKY News. Oct 15, 2011

3.  Jack Shenker.  How youth-led revolts shook elites around the world.  The Guardian.  August 12, 2011.

4.  Henry Giroux.  Left Behind? American Youth and the Global Fight for Democracy. February 28, 2011.  Truthout.  pp. pp. 6-12.

Students marching through London (11.10.10) to protest Government cuts to higher education.

5.  View Chile Rising. Fault Lines, Al Jazeera English. January 2, 2012.

Reading questions -WRITTEN RESPONSES REQUIRED

  1. Readings #3 & #4 seek to explain youth protests in 2011 that spread across the globe.  What are some interesting ideas?  How do they resonate with your experience of youth and social movements in the U.S.?  What might you add to update these articles to speak to the pressing issues and movements of youth in the U.S. today?
  2. Your thoughts on the kinds of direct action political protest by in Spain, Occupy Wall Street, and Chile?  In what ways, if any, do such activist issues circulate on your media-entertainment streams?  How are activists and activism portrayed?
  3. From the video “Chile Rising,” (#7) select a sequence to share.  Write a two-sentence description summarizing the sequence and your interest.  Include running time location, e.g. [14:17].

Written assignments are single-spaced & typed in Times New Roman or Arial (size 12 font), 1-inch margins all around. Remember to proofread. Include a heading (single-spaced) that includes name, date, assignment title.  Turn in as a paper document.

Italian students staged demonstrations Friday in 90 cities to protest privatization of public education Oct. 12, 2012 revolting-europe.com

Italian students staged demonstrations Friday in 90 cities to protest privatization of public education Oct. 12, 2012
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