Occupy! by Carla Blumenkranz
Scenes from Occupied America

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Occupying Wall Street offers a detailed rendering of how daily life was organised in the Zuccotti Park encampment.


In the fall of 2011, a small protest camp in downtown Manhattan exploded into a global uprising, sparked in part by the violent overreactions of the police. An unofficial record of this movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and thoughtful reflections, featuring the editors and writers of the celebrated n+1, as well as some of the world’s leading radical thinkers, such as Slavoj Žižek, Angela Davis, and Rebecca Solnit.

The book conveys the intense excitement of those present at the birth of a counterculture, while providing the movement with a serious platform for debating goals, demands, and tactics. Articles address the history of the “horizontalist” structure at OWS; how to keep a live-in going when there is a giant mountain of laundry building up; how very rich the very rich have become; the messages and meaning of the “We are the 99%” tumblr website; occupations in Oakland, Boston, Atlanta, and elsewhere; what happens next; and much more.

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Carla Blumenkranz is the managing editor of n+1. Angela Davis is a teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. JODI DEAN teaches political theory in upstate New York. She has authored or edited eleven books, including The Communist Horizon, Zizek’s Politics, Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies, and Blog Theory. Celeste Dupuy-Spencer is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Zoltán Glu¨ck is pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Elizabeth Gumport is an associate editor of n+1. Doug Henwood is editor of the Left Business Observer. Christopher Herring is pursuing a doctorate in sociology at UC Berkeley. Svetlana Kitto is a writer, teacher, and oral historian living in New York City. L.A. Kauffman is an activist and organizer. Kung Li is the former executive director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. Keith Gessen is a founding editor of n+1. Audrea Lim is an associate editor at Verso Books. Manissa Maharawal is a graduate student at the CUNY Graduate Center, a writer and an activist. Thomas Paine was a writer and revolutionary. Marco Roth is a founding editor of n+1. Marina Sitrin was a key member of the Occupy Wall Street movement and is a postdoctoral fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization and Social Change. She is the author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina, as well as editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina and coeditor of the forthcoming Insurgent Democracies: Latin America’s New Powers. Rebecca Solnit is the author of 13 books, including A Paradise Built in Hell and Hope in the Dark. Stephen Squibb is pursuing a doctorate in English at Harvard University. Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer, and activist living in Oakland, CA. Alex Vitale is an associate professor of sociology at Brooklyn College. Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a Professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more. Mark Greif is a founding editor of n+1. Sarah Leonard is an editor at Dissent magazine and The New Inquiry. Sarah Resnick is a senior editor at Triple Canopy. Nikil Saval is an associate editor of n+1. Eli Schmitt is a writer living in New York. Astra Taylor is the director of the documentary films Žižek! and Examined Life. Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
Published December 17, 2011 by Verso. 225 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Sayeau on Feb 04 2012

Perhaps the most obvious criticism of this collection is that it comes from a rather rarefied slice of what protesters called "the 99%".

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Reviewed by Andrew Ross on Jan 25 2012

Occupying Wall Street offers a detailed rendering of how daily life was organised in the Zuccotti Park encampment.

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