The Ladders Revolution: material struggle, social media and news coverage

Sanz Sabido, R. and Price, S. (2016) The Ladders Revolution: material struggle, social media and news coverage. Critical Discourse Studies. ISSN 1740-5904.


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This article, which focuses on a strike and ocupation that took place in Barcelona in May 2015, is part of a larger enquiry that attempts to locate public expressions of dissent in their sociopolitical, discursive and spatiotemporal context. The methods used to conduct this study include the standard collection of observational and media data, but also encompass an attempt to investigate the control of space by public and private authorities. Discursive manifestations of dissent and the arguments posed by social actors are therefore considered in conjunction with the physical impact and material setting within which goals are pursued. The case study used in this article is the workers’ occupation, in 2015, of the Telefónica building, the famous landmark identified in George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia as the epicentre of the internecine struggle that took place within the Republican camp in 1937.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Media Art and Design
Depositing User: Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 17:11

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