Occupy: in theory and practice

Bates, D., Ogilvie, M. and Pole, E. (2016) Occupy: in theory and practice. Critical Discourse Studies, 13 (3). pp. 341-355. ISSN 1740-5904.

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Abstract

This paper situates the discourse of the Occupy movement within the context of radical political philosophy. Our analysis takes place on two levels. First, we conduct an empirical analysis of the ‘official’ publications of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and Occupy London (OL). Operationalising core concepts from the framing perspective within social movement theory, we provide a descriptive-comparative analysis of the ‘collective action frames’ of OWS and OL. Second, we consider the extent to which radical political philosophy speaks to the discourse of Occupy. Our empirical analysis reveals that both movements share diagnostic frames, but there were notable differences in terms of prognostic framing. The philosophical discussion suggests that there are alignments between anarchist, post-anarchist and post-Marxist ideologies at the level of both identity and strategy. Indeed, the absence of totalising anti-capitalist or anti-statist positions in Occupy suggests that – particularly with Occupy London – alignments are perhaps not so distant from typically social democratic demands.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr David Bates
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 09:40
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 11:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14463

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