Mario Savio and the Politics of Authenticity

Doug Rossinow

in The Free Speech Movement

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222212
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928619 | DOI:
Mario Savio and the Politics of Authenticity

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This chapter examines the politics of authenticity of Mario Savio. It evaluates whether his authenticity both had a public and a private quality and investigates the source and character of Savio's charisma, which seems largely to have been a public phenomenon. It describes the reputation and people's impression of Savio during the 1960s and clarifies his role in the Free Speech Movement (FSM).

Keywords: Mario Savio; politics of authenticity; charisma; public phenomenon; FSM

Chapter.  9357 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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