Yellow fever: populist pangs in France

Summer 2019
DOI: 10.3898/SOUN.72.04.2019

A discussion of the recent gilets jaunes revolt in France, reflecting on the dynamics of contemporary populist social movements. Starting with the causes of the uprising - underlying and immediate - the article goes on to explore the democratic demands of the movement, the role of the historical imaginary of the French Revolution, the relationship between the gilets jaunes and France’s banlieues, and the predominance of police violence.

Soundings 72 Agency and change