Expression in Contested Public Spaces: Free Speech and Civic Engagement addresses how people express themselves and their differences, in ways that amplify the many voices central to the mission of democracy. This book investigates in what ways and in what discursive forms people interrupt the status quo or unjust practices to advance positive social change. The chapters feature research activity, engaged scholarship, and creative expression to boldly frame the issues of free speech—amid attempts to chill and silence expressions of dissent—in order to demonstrate how community organizers, activists, and scholars use their voices to advance peace and justice befitting the human condition. Scholars and students of communication and the social sciences will find this book particularly interesting.
Spoma Jovanovic is professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Table of Contents
Ch 1 Free Speech as a Tool of Self-Government: A Short History
Part 1: Community Voices for Justice
Ch 2Crossroads of Justice: Conversations and Public Spaces
Ch 3 The Struggle for Space: Racialized Mass Homelessness, The Privatization of
Public Space, and Fundamental Rights
Marcus Hyde and Gary Kenton
Ch 4 Greensboro, 1963: Free Speech and the Boundaries of Nonviolence
Thomas F. Jackson
Ch 5 Black Women Speaking for Justice
Sarah E. Hollingsworth
Ch 6 Money, Speech, and Power: Participatory Budgeting as Free Expression
Vincent Russell and Therese Gardner
Part 2: Urban Spaces and Contested Speech
Ch 7 Legislating Memory: Accommodating Contestations of Public Monuments
Ch 8 Art, Censorship, and the Battles over Public Spaces
John K. Wilson
Ch 9Balancing the Goods of Speech in a Postmodern Historical Moment
Ch 10Video Games and Free Speech: Reproducing Inequalities and Pushing Justice at the
Yacine Kout and Marina Lambrinou
Part 3: Free Speech in Higher Education
Ch 11The Tension Between Free Speech and Diversity on Campus
Michael C. Behrent
Ch 12 Free Speech, Hate Speech, Snowflakes, and Student Activism: InstitutionalAccountability
Cerri A. Banks and Lorri M. Riggs
Ch 13A Safe Space for the White Race: An Interrogation of White Nationalist Propaganda on College Campuses
Gabriel A. Cruz and Patrick Sawyer
About the Contributors
"This inspiring book is a must-read for citizens attentive to making a difference in their community. The provocative essays address how “We the People” can use our right to free speech to attain greater justice for all people. Chapters chronicle different social situations, exhibiting through example how to build a more equitable society. This compelling collection will motivate readers to show up and speak up."
"This book examines some of our most pressing issues of freedom of expression. Scholars analyze free speech as it relates to higher education, public art and memorials, deliberative democracy, mass gun violence, homelessness, gaming, historical social movements, and contemporary movements for racial and social justice. Students and researchers will find this volume valuable and insightful."
"This is a timely book that addresses pressing concerns of the day: collective action, democratic expression, free speech, methods of advocacy, resistance and intervention, contestation over meaning and symbolism, and the relationship between communication and social change. Both scholarly and accessible, this is a must read for anyone interested in not just studying but also creating a more just and equitable world. I applaud the contributors and invite everyone to pick up a copy!"