The Right to Rebel: Social Movements and Civil Disobedience

Sergio Patricio Fiedler


Abstract

A fundamental dimension of contemporary social movements is the use of civil disobedience, as means of both exerting mass pressure on the political system and as a process through which the participants of a social movement perceive and construct an alternative and autonomous democratic power. This article attempts to develop a political and ethical reflection about the transformative dimension and collective potential of civil disobedience drawing on the notions of the right to rebel and the performative.

Keywords

civil disobedience, social movements, right to rebel, performative, democracy.

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