Student political action has been a major and recurring feature of politics across the globe throughout the past century. Students have been involved in a full range of public issues, from anti-colonial movements, anti-war campaigns, civil rights and pro-democracy movements to campaigns against neoliberal policies, austerity, racism, misogyny and calls for climate change action. Yet their actions are frequently dismissed by political elites and others as ‘adolescent mischief’ or manipulation of young people by duplicitous adults. This occurs even as many working in governments, traditional media and educational organisations attempt to suppress student movements. Moreover, much of mainstream scholarly work has deemed student politics as unworthy of intellectual attention. These three edited volumes of books help set the record straight.
Written by scholars and activists from around the world, When Students Protest: Universities in the Global North is the third in this three-volume study that explores university student politics in the global north. Authors explore university and college student political action, especially over the past decade. It is just over fifty years since May 1968 when student protests erupted at Université Paris Nanterre in France and then spread across the globe. Contributors to this book demonstrate that despite repeated attempts by states, power elites and institutions to suppress and even criminalise student political action, student movements have always been part of the political landscape and remain a significant and potent source of political change and renewal.
Judith Bessant is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and a Professor at RMIT University, Australia.
Analicia Mejia Mesinas is an Assistant Professor, Azusa Pacific University, California, USA.
Sarah Pickard is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France.
Chapter 1: Politics, Participation and University Students’ Action: Introductory Essay, Judith Bessant, Analicia Mejia Mesinas and Sarah Pickard
Chapter 2: Activation of Student Protest: Reaction, Repression and Memory at Nanterre University, Paris 1968-2018, Simon Ridley and Paolo Stuppia
Chapter 3: ‘Different Struggles, the Same Fight’? A Comparative Analysis of Student Movements in Chile (2011), Quebec (2012), and Hong Kong (2014), Cécile Van de Velde
Chapter 4: ‘We are the University!’ Campus Protest in the Context of Counter-Globalisation Critique: The Amsterdam University Protests, 2015-2016, Christian Scholl and Annette Freyberg-Inan
Chapter 5: Fault Lines and Heterogeneity: Quebec's Student Movement During the Maple Spring of 2012, Nicole Gallant, Guillaume Tremblay-Boily, Guillaume Latzko-Toth and Madeleine Pastinelli
Chapter 6: Organizing Campus Alliances to Resist a Neoliberal Attack on Workers Conditions in Toronto, Canada, Alia Karim
Chapter 7: Student Protests Against Neoliberal Education Policies in Italy: Three Student Organisations, Lidia Lo Schiavo
Chapter 8: The Russian Student Protests of March 2017: Harsh Responses of the University Officials and the Authorities on the Demands for Social Change, Olga Lavrinenko
Chapter 9: ‘Demanding What is Not Theirs to Demand’: Rebellious Students in Post-Socialist Montenegro, Bojan Baća
Chapter 10: When Students Protest and When They Don’t: Challenging the Apathy Narrative in Australia, Nita Alexander, Aaron Ashley, Rebekah Lisciandro, Raechel Oleszek and Theresa Petray
Chapter 11: Student Mobilisations and Local Public Action: A French Case Study, Patricia Loncle
Chapter 12: From Squatting to Antimilitarism in Sardinia: A Student’s Relational Agency Case-Study, Aide Esu
Chapter 13: Protest Practices: A Case Study of Students’ Collective Action in Italy, Lorenzo Domaneschi
Chapter 14: Student Activism in Bologna: Old Fractures, Emerging Alliances, and the Use of Depoliticisation as a Repressive Strategy, Ilaria Pitti
Chapter 15: Global Climate Strike Protesters and Media Coverage of the Protests in Truro and Manchester, Brian Doherty and Clare Saunders
Chapter 16: A Social Imaginary for Collective Becoming: Occupy and the Nature of ‘Real Participation’, Perri Campbell, Peter Kelly and Luke Howie
When Students Protest is a timely three-volume series regarding student organizing in the US and internationally. Volume 1 (CH, Mar'23, 60-2057) considers protests among high school students. Volumes 2 and 3 (CH, Jul'23, 60-3271) consider university students' protests in the Global North and Global South, respectively. Issues addressed range from institutional changes to broader issues, such as corruption or climate change. As the editors and contributors show, “students continue to be moved to act not because they want to cause trouble or get out of attending classes” but “because they are aware of and moved by a deep sense of injustice and inaction” (p. 7). The chapter case studies include firsthand accounts and detailed analyses that will be valuable to those researching specific movements or the evolution of student activism more broadly. Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals.