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Contestatory Performative Acts in Transnational Political Meetings

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Young people are often more eager to use creative and artistic potential when acting politically. The article focuses on moments where contestatory performative acts take place in three different transnational political meetings. With these three examples it is shown how these moments of disruption and disorder – when something unexpected captures the core of the political gathering – are crucial elements for deep democracy. In such moments where the political speeches and the practices of the meeting do not match, young political actors are in a crucial role to initiate contestatory performative, and often carnivalesque, acts to execute the issue. The article highlights an aspect of political action that is often neglected and provides valuable evidence of the use of performative politics.

Affiliations: 1: Finnish Youth Research Network, Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki


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