Using street protests and national commemorations for nation-building purposes: the campaign for the independence of Catalonia (2012–2014)
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This article analyses how mass demonstrations can be used for nation-building purposes. In particular, it shows how, in this digital and discorporate era, the occupation of the streets by large numbers of people is still a powerful strategic communication tool with strong political implications. It reveals how traditional propaganda, mass media campaigns and grassroots lobbying organisations can work together with great effectiveness to effect political change. The Catalan case, which concerns the claim by the regional Catalan government of a referendum for independence, shows how the occupation of the streets by citizens can still be highly relevant for political change.
García, C. (2016). Using street protests and national commemorations for nation-building purposes: the campaign for the independence of Catalonia (2012–2014). The Journal of International Communication, 22(2), 229–252. https://doi.org/10.1080/13216597.2016.1224195
The Journal of International Communication