A hunger strike - the ecology of a protest: the case of Bahraini activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Howarth, Anita (2012) A hunger strike - the ecology of a protest: the case of Bahraini activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. M/C Journal, 15(3), ISSN (online) 1441-2616

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Abstract

This article uses the case of a Bahraini activist to explore the twin interrelated ecologies of a hunger strike. The first ecology is the ethical framing of a prison hunger strike as a corporeal-environmental act of (self) destruction intended to achieve political ends. The second ecology is the operation of global media where international inaction inadvertently foregrounds the political struggles that larger events and discourses surrounding Egypt, Libya and Syria overshadow. What connects these two ecologies is the body of the hunger striker, turned into a spectacle and mediated via a politics of affect that invites a global public to empathize and so enter into his suffering. The connection between the two lies in the emaciated body of the hunger striker in this case, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hunger strike, international media, protests, activism, media ecology, ecological humanities, media spectacle
Research Area: Communication, cultural and media studies
Politics and international studies
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Performance and Screen Studies
Depositing User: Anita Howarth
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 13:33
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2014 14:51
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/24753

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