The Occupy movement and the reappearance of the polis

Authored by: Chad Kautzer

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138928787
eBook ISBN: 9781315681597
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This chapter sketches the general contours of the Occupy movement and the international and national tendencies that informed the ways it sought to generate new spaces and democratic practices. It examines the ways in which Occupy was a concrete response, not only to a deep economic recession and austerity programs, but also to the failures in political representation, the privatization of the public sphere, and the suffering that financialization and the rapid growth of debt had created. It concludes with some observations about the legacy of Occupy.

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