Title

Reviving Democracy: Autonomous Social Movements in Europe and the United States

Date

5-29-2014 9:30 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 9:45 AM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

Department

Sociology

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Maureen Dolan

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The Occupy movement revived political consciousness and has sparked a discourse which recognizes systemic inequality as an attack on democracy. Local efforts to reclaim the commons create autonomous spaces founded on solidarity, egalitarianism and horizontalism. Through methods of participant observation, informal interviews, and content analysis, a sample of Portland's current activist network is described. Research sites include post-encampment Occupy and a worker-owned cooperative café that connect local spaces of political protest and social transformation to an international democratic movement. The study concludes that through the self-management of local communities, contemporary activists are creating social, political and economic alternatives to capitalism.

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May 29th, 9:30 AM May 29th, 9:45 AM

Reviving Democracy: Autonomous Social Movements in Europe and the United States

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

The Occupy movement revived political consciousness and has sparked a discourse which recognizes systemic inequality as an attack on democracy. Local efforts to reclaim the commons create autonomous spaces founded on solidarity, egalitarianism and horizontalism. Through methods of participant observation, informal interviews, and content analysis, a sample of Portland's current activist network is described. Research sites include post-encampment Occupy and a worker-owned cooperative café that connect local spaces of political protest and social transformation to an international democratic movement. The study concludes that through the self-management of local communities, contemporary activists are creating social, political and economic alternatives to capitalism.