The Anarchism of the Occupy Movement

  title={The Anarchism of the Occupy Movement},
  author={Morgan Gibson},
  journal={Australian Journal of Political Science},
  pages={335 - 348}
  • M. Gibson
  • Published 1 September 2013
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  • Australian Journal of Political Science
Occupy has been criticised for a lack of organisation and ideological direction, its persistent failure to articulate practical reforms and its anarchism. Occupy's extensive influence calls for scholarly analysis of its underlying ideas and its praxis. This article develops a conceptual understanding of the movement and argues that the criticisms above overlook both how the movement's participants rationalise its praxis and the consistently anarchist forms of this praxis. The article draws on… 
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