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Why Does Occupy Matter?

Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, vol.11 no.3-4, 06/08/2012


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Resource IDpickerillkrinsky2012
Resource titleWhy Does Occupy Matter?
Author(s)Jenny Pickerill, John Krinsky
Publication/ sourceJournal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, vol.11 no.3-4
Date published06/08/2012
Summary text/ abstractAnalysing the Occupy movement is important for understanding the political importance of social movements and the theoretical limits of social movement approaches. Occupy enables us to critically re-examine and question what we think we know about the processes of collective action. We identify eight contentions which illustrate why Occupy matters to scholars and which challenge us to re-examine existing assumptions: (1) the core claim to space that Occupy asserts; (2) the power of the language of occupation; (3) the need to pay more attention to the importance of crafting and repeating slogans; (4) the politics of prefiguring a new society (and its contradictions); (5) the implications of not making demands on the state; (6) the importance of ritualising and institutionalising protest; (7) the messy diffusion and mediation of a potentially global movement and finally (8) why confrontation with the police is understood as important as a movement tactic. Whatever the outcome, Occupy has enthused and mobilised activists in new ways and has articulated that inequality is something we all can, and should, seek to remedy.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Direct Action & Protest, Politics
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