Embodying Possibility and Nourishing Networks: Process and Intersectionality in the Occupy Movement.
Wyner, Emily R.
- This autoethnography explores the Occupy Wall Street movement from a range of perspectives, from the most theoretical to the most concrete and reflective. The first chapter frames the Occupy movement as a liminal, performative space in dialogue with anarchist theory. The second includes a wider variety of voicesparticipants, analysts, and theorists of the movementin expounding upon what the Occupy... read moreencampments were like on a day-to-day basis and the meaning(s) they offered to their multiple constituents. Chapter Three explores the movement's inherent intersectionality and capacity to bring together many issue-focused activists and networks. Grounding this discussion in my own background in food system activism, I use an extended case study of the relationship between the Occupy and food movements to demonstrate one such convergence, examining how these two movements have shared ideological, tactical, and even physical space. Finally, the last chapter offers an analytical reflection in which I look to my own life and surrounding environment in an effort to understand where and how we continue to see Occupy's ripple effects. Throughout all four chapters, I challenge the commonly held criticism that Occupy lacked important outcomes. While acknowledging Occupy's intrinsic complexities and tensions, I offer a more sympathetic understanding of the movement that deems its process-oriented approach a significant outcome in and of itself. I explore multiple discourses within and surrounding the Occupy and food movements in order to make broader statements about the value of liminal spaces, performative protest, and intersectional activism.read less