Occupying Political Science The Occupy Wall Street Movement from New York to the World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Occupying Political Science is a collection of critical essays by New York based scholars, researchers, and activists which analyzes the Occupy Wall Street movement through many of the traditional concepts found in the field of political science. Such concepts include: power, political change, social movements and protest, transnational advocacy networks, governmentality, public and private spheres, citizenship, and electoral arrangements, Both normative and descriptive in its approach, OPS seeks to understand not only the origins, logic, and prospects of the OWS movement but also its effects on political institutions as well as the concepts we in political science use to analyze them. OPS takes seriously the importance of social location or positionality in scholarship. The editors and most of the authors are scholars situated in Lower Manhattan and have interacted with the OWS movement in their capacities as researchers, academics, and engaged citizen-activists. Thus, political science in our context has to be understood in dialogue with OWS, institutions in close proximity, such as Wall Street, the New York Police Department headquarters, City Hall, and a local tradition of social dissent reaching back even prior to the Revolution.Largely a qualitative analysis, OPS will reach both an academic as well as a lay audience. Faculty in the areas of political science, sociology, peace and justice studies, and history who study social movements and their impact should find the work readily accessible to their undergraduate students. Those generally interested in the import of the OWS movement will also find this edited volume a fascinating read.

Author Biography

Emily Welty is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Pace University. Matthew Bolton is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pace University.Meghana Nayak is Associate Professor of Political Science at Pace University. Christopher Malone is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Pace University.

Table of Contents

The Structure of Occupy Wall Street; N.Zukowski, E.Welty & M.Bolton
'Demands Belong to the 99%': Understanding the Struggle over Demands, Goals, and Issues at Occupy Wall Street; S.Kang
Nonviolent Resistance and Occupy Wall Street; E.Welty
The FLO Consensus: Constructing an Information Technology Infrastructure for the People, by the People; D.Balkind
This Space is Occupied: Occupy Wall Street's De-gentrification and Commoning of Enclosed Urban Spaces in New York City; M.Bolton, S.Froese & A.Jeffrey
Policing OWS Diffusely: Post-Fordist Social Control in Zuccotti Park; V.Measles & M.Bolton
Expanding the 99%: The Relationship between OWS and Immigrant and Migrant Workers; J.Cronan, Jr.
OWS's Impact on US Electoral Politics: A Critical Assessment; C.Malone
Global Justice and OWS: Movement Connections; R.Hayduk
Norms, Advocacy, and Human Rights Discourses: Comparing the 'American Autumn' and the 'Arab Spring'; M.Nayak

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