Jeremy Prestholdt Reading and Signing: Icons of Dissent

Author Jeremy Prestholdt will join us to share his latest book, Icons of Dissent: The Global Resonance of Che, Marley, Tupac, and Bin Laden.

The global icon is an omnipresent but poorly understood element of mass culture. Icons of Dissent asks why audiences around the world have embraced particular iconic figures, how perceptions of these figures have changed, and what this tells us about transnational relations since the Cold War era. Prestholdt addresses these questions by examining one type of icon: the anti-establishment figure. As symbols that represent sentiments, ideals, or something else recognizable to a wide audience, icons of dissent have been integrated into diverse political and consumer cultures, and global audiences have reinterpreted them over time.

To illustrate these points the book examines four of the most evocative and controversial figures of the past fifty years: Che Guevara, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, and Osama bin Laden. Each has embodied a convergence of dissent, cultural politics, and consumerism, yet popular perceptions of each reveal the dissonance between shared, global references and locally contingent interpretations. By examining four very different figures, Icons of Dissent offers new insights into global symbolic idioms, the mutability of common references, and the commodification of political sentiment in the contemporary world.


Jeremy Prestholdt is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego and author of Domesticating the World: African Consumerism and the Genealogies of Globalization.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
Icons of Dissent: The Global Resonance of Che, Marley, Tupac and Bin Laden Cover Image
$37.73
ISBN: 9780190632144
Availability: Backordered
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 1st, 2019