Hijacked protests make problems for researchers as well as world leaders
London protests for and against the Chinese government in connection with Xi Jinping’s official visit to the UK highlight several issues in focus in the project. What happens when the objects of a protest mobilize one of their own? How is a distinction to be made between political dissent and propaganda when protest is used not just as part of the repertoire of contentious politics, but also as an instrument of the power elite? While difficult to answer on the level of denotative content, such questions are pertinent to the work of the project when actors, frames and narratives are analysed at the level of connotation.
Screening Protest — "Hijacked protests make problems for researchers as well as world leaders," in The Screening Protest Project, October 21, 2015