Rationalization essays for supporting violent demonstrations
Dores, António Pedro
Sociology ISCTE Lisboa, Portugal
thematic session: "Varieties of collective violence: Motivations, actors and outcomes"
November 2008 Greek uprising has been presented as sustained several weeks' non sense violence. No consensual interpretation of this uprising or violence has taken course in Europe. Comments reveal the concern of repeated events can spread in Europe, given the expected social crisis. The need of violent demonstration - for fun, for showing different ways of dealing with the police, to complain against consumerism, and so on - is discussed by excluded sectors of the population, in Greece and in other European countries, comparing the events with May 1968 in Paris or the more recent car burning in several French towns and in other countries as well.
This paper will gather and present the explanations and justifications for what happened in Greece, using data to be uploaded by interviewing youngsters and local sociologists and journalists. Is it a violent demonstration goal to stop quotidian violence, as many warfare leaders claim to do with their won wars? Is it the violence in the demonstrations something marginal or the violence is a social need? Is it the violence socially condemned or understood and justified? Is it violence in the demonstration a mimetic social phenomena created by the environment circumstances? Institution regular functioning has been endangered by violence is the streets? Individual performances, as strange opinion expressing or showing uprising symbols, are developed or reprimanded and repressed?