A movement returning home? Occupy Wall Street after the evictions

Crane, Nicholas and Ashutosh, Ishan (2013) A movement returning home? Occupy Wall Street after the evictions. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 13 (3). pp. 168-172. ISSN 1532-7086

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1532708613477366


This article investigates the possible geographies generated in Occupy Wall Street's emergence and subsequent evictions from multiple sites of occupation. As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) moves into other spaces, most notably the home, we counter the application of a priori analytics of traditional social movement studies, through which OWS would be seen as unified (with leaders, corresponding constituencies, and clearly crafted demands). Instead, we argue for a relational conception of spaces of politics, and emphasize the indeterminate multiplicity that we believe is crucial for ensuring continued critique and agitation. The argument is advanced, first, by considering the theoretical disjuncture between OWS and social movements, and second, by turning to OWS's geographies of movement and settlement. We conclude by suggesting that, when OWS goes home, it does not retreat from politics. From a relational perspective, the home is itself a space of politics and not a secure, enclosed site to which one returns when the political is left behind.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: politics, relational space, social movements
Subjects: L200 Politics
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 11:44
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/20782

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