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Author: Samuel Burgum
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology Ser.
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Just because there has been a crisis does not necessarily mean there is going to be a change. And yet why, exactly, did nothing change in the face of global resistances and movements which followed the financial meltdown of 2007/8? Based on ethnographic research with the Occupy movement in London - as a case study of one post-crash attempt to bring alternatives about - this book argues that change was ultimately  Read more...
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Burgum, Samuel.
Occupying London : Post-Crash Resistance and the Limits of Possibility.
Milton : Routledge, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Burgum
ISBN: 9781351966627 1351966626 9781351966610 1351966618 9781351966603 135196660X 9781315265254 1315265257
OCLC Number: 1042322247
Description: 1 online resource (185 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Prelude; Preface; Introduction: Now is the winter of our discount tents!; Did nothing change?; Occupy (in) London; Outline; Notes; 1. What is our one demand?; Foucault, power and resistance; Symbolic inefficiency and collective organisation; Rancière, democracy, and aesthetics; Conclusion; Notes; 2. Whose streets? Our streets!; Finsbury Square, July 2013; Introduction: occupy in space; St Paul, the patron saint of tent-makers; The challenges of occupying space; The spatial imperative La fête and the creative cityConclusion: making 'non-sense' appear; Notes; 3. We are the 99%; Trafalgar Square, May 2013; Introduction: a question of organisation; Inclusivity for the sake of it; The tyranny of structurelessness; As many Occupys as there are occupiers; Symbolic inefficiency; Conclusion: negotiating exclusion; Note; 4. This is what democracy looks like; Rochester Square Gardens, September 2013; Introduction: the pursuit of authenticity; An activist identity; More authentic than others; Attempting to avoid hypocrisy; Myths of co-optation Conclusion: being politically responsible5. They owe us; Docklands, September 2013; Introduction: conspiracy theories; Mobilising conspiracy theories; Infiltrators and saboteurs; 'The 1%'; The powers that be; Conclusion: avoiding the cunning of impotence; Conclusion: This is not a protest, it's a process; The potential of Occupy; Non-sensible suggestions; The legacy of post-crash resistance; Notes; Interviewee demographics; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Routledge Advances in Sociology Ser.

Abstract:

Just because there has been a crisis does not necessarily mean there is going to be a change. And yet why, exactly, did nothing change in the face of global resistances and movements which followed the financial meltdown of 2007/8? Based on ethnographic research with the Occupy movement in London - as a case study of one post-crash attempt to bring alternatives about - this book argues that change was ultimately foreclosed by widespread 'common sense' limitations of what was considered possible after the crash. Offering a critically constructive analysis of the Occupy movement in London and incorporating both activist praise and self-criticism of their movement, Occupying London discusses both the political potential suggested by the occupation of space and the slogan 'we are the 99%', as well as the problematic extension of post-crash normativity into the movement through issues of organisation, repetitions of wider norms, and an inadvertent acceptance of wider distributions of possibility. Such positives and negatives are shown to have played out in a wide-range of arenas: from the occupation of space itself, through attempts to organise collective appearance and voice, as well as 'authentic' constructions of resistance and 'cynical' framings of power. The author's intention is to provoke thought on behalf of any 'half-fascinated, half-devastated witnesses' of the financial crash and the political disappointments which followed. It is argued that such movements possess the potential to bring about progressive change, but only if they intervene into wider distributions of 'common sense' by embracing collective symbolic efficiency and avoiding binary framings of 'authentic' resistance vs. 'hidden' power.

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