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The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement: Book by Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky

The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

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ISBN: 9780199313914    Publisher: Oxford University Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 336        Language: English
Occupy Wall Street burst onto the stage of history in the fall of 2011. First by the tens, then by the tens of thousands, protestors filled the streets and laid claim to the squares of nearly 1,500 towns...Read more
Occupy Wall Street burst onto the stage of history in the fall of 2011. First by the tens, then by the tens of thousands, protestors filled the streets and laid claim to the squares of nearly 1,500 towns and cities, until, one by one, the occupations were forcibly evicted. In The Occupiers, Michael Gould-Wartofsky-one of the first social scientists on the ground in Zuccotti Park-offers a front-seat view of the action in the streets of New York City and beyond. Painting a vivid picture of everyday life in the square through the use of material gathered in the course of a year of participant observation, Gould-Wartofksy traces the occupation of Zuccotti Park-and some of its counterparts across the United States and around the world-from inception to eviction. He takes up the challenges the occupiers faced, the paradoxes of direct democracy, and the dynamics of direct action and police action and explores the ways in which occupied squares became focal points for an emerging opposition to the politics of austerity, restricted democracy, and the power of corporate America.
Much of the discourse on the Occupy phenomenon has treated it as if it lived and died in Zuccotti Park, but Gould-Wartofsky follows the evicted occupiers into exile and charts the evolving strategies of the movement as it seeks to resist, regroup, and reoccupy. Removed from public spaces and news headlines, Occupy has spread out from the financial centers and across an America still struggling to recover in the aftermath of the crisis. Even if the movement fails to achieve radical reform, Gould-Wartofksy maintains, it may well accelerate the pace of change in the United States in the years to come.
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About the author: Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky
Michael Gould-Wartofsky is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University. Gould-Wartofsky was one of the first social scientists on the ground at the occupation... Read more
Michael Gould-Wartofsky is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University. Gould-Wartofsky was one of the first social scientists on the ground at the occupation of Zuccotti Park on Sept 17, beginning his participant observation then and continuing uninterrupted ever since. He has written for The Nation, Monthly Review, Salon, and Mother Jones.
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Review:
A valuable view of the explosive movement that gave voice to outrage over our new gilded age." -Kirkus Review"An action-packed, highly readable, sophisticated analysis of the multi-layered origins,...Read more
A valuable view of the explosive movement that gave voice to outrage over our new gilded age." -Kirkus Review"An action-packed, highly readable, sophisticated analysis of the multi-layered origins, the complicated inner workings, and the both sad and hopeful outcomes of the Occupy movement. I couldn't put it down." -Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University"Michael Gould-Wartofsky's thorough, level-headed and fair-minded account of Occupy Wall Street pulls together evidence from many quarters, including his own on-the-ground experience, and should prove clarifying for all past and future Occupiers."-Todd Gitlin, author of Occupy Nation"Beautifully written, carefully researched, Gould-Wartofsky presents a blow-by-blow insider account of the origins, trajectory, and dispersion of the Occupy movement. In dissecting Occupy's internal divisions and the mighty forces arrayed against it, Gould-Wartofsky shows the resilience as well as the destructiveness of capitalism. A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary social movements."-Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley"Michael Gould-Wartofsky gives us a brilliant exploration of the Occupy movement. He positions the thick micro-worlds that constituted the movement in a larger historical process - not lineal but transversally crossed by triumphs and evictions, harmonies and disagreements. He signals a possibility, and I would agree with it, that just because the occupations have ceased the larger politico-social project has not necessarily ended." -Saskia Sassen, author of Expulsions
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