Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland

Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland : Applied Studies in Communication Theory

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The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Occupy movement using various communication theory perspectives. It considers global and local contexts of the movement from its cultural and economic roots to the views of participants, city officials, newspapers and social media. It grapples with how these perspectives represent romantic, practical, and critical understandings of the movement.show more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 black & white illustrations, 3 graphs
  • 0739183214
  • 9780739183212

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Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland is strongest in chapters where contributors closely follow the contours of Occupy Portland to deliver ethnography-derived insight into the Occupy movement and the immediate environment within which it operated...For communication, political science, or social movement scholars or students, as for those who are now continuing Occupy's work in other arenas, Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland presents a useful sociological description of Occupy Portland and its communication and consensus-building successes, as well as a cogent analysis of some of the rewards and challenges that accompany Occupy's participatory, leaderless model of social movement organizing. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly This book on Occupy reminds us of the important ways the movement connected local to global issues and vice versa. The collection of chapters appropriately represent diverse voices from and perspectives on the movement. This volume will provide a valuable resource for students, scholars, and all those who are considering Occupy's influences on movements to come. -- George Cheney, Kent State University Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland uses multiple communication perspectives to understand this critically important development in social movements. One of the many strengths of the volume is that it investigates Occupy at the broader cultural and economic context, the mediated context, and at the level of everyday, on-the-ground organizing. The book is a must-read for students and scholars in communication, social movements, organizational studies, political science, and economics, and anyone else interested in the dynamics of social contention in late capitalism. -- Heather M. Zoller, University of Cincinnati The "Occupy" movement presents novel and rich complexities as the first postmodern social movement. This volume goes significantly beyond popular commentary on the movement and typical social movement analyses to the internal micro-practices of development and struggle. The results are fresh, insightful and compelling. -- Stanley A. Deetz, University of Coloradoshow more

About Renee Guarriello Heath

Renee Guarriello Heath is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Portland and a scholar of community collaboration and democratic communication practices. C. Vail Fletcher is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Portland. She is a scholar that focuses on conflict and identity, international development and culture, and social media. Ricardo Munoz is a PhD student in communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a scholar of organizational communication with an emphasis on informal and non-hierarchical organizing.show more

Table of contents

Foreword David Osborn Introduction: Engaging Occupy: An Introduction to Romantic, Practical, and Critical Perspectives Renee Guarriello Heath and C. Vail Fletcher Part 1: Situating Occupy Globally: the Cultural and Economic Context Chapter 1: A Genealogy of Occupy within Transnational Contexts, and Communication Research Priya Kapoor Chapter 2: We are the 99 percent: Occupy and the Economics of Discontent William Barnes Chapter 3: Neofuedalism and the Financial Crisis: Implications for Occupy Wall Street Majia Holmer Nadesan Part 2: Local Interpretations of Occupy Portland Chapter 4: Confessional Tales from the Field: Owning Researcher Methods and Positionality Renee Guarriello Heath, Ricardo V. Munoz, and C. Vail Fletcher Chapter 5: Finding the Space Between: Participative Democracy, Consensus Decision-Making and a Leaderful/less Movement Renee Guarriello Heath Chapter 6: Globalization from Below: Discourses of Horizontalism, Direct Action, and Violence Ricardo V. Munoz Chapter 7: (De) Colonization and Collective Identity: Intersections and Negotiations of Gender, Race, and Class in Occupy C. Vail Fletcher Part 3: Re(presentations) and Revelations: Occupy Mediated Chapter 8: Violence, Bias, or Fair Journalism? Understanding Portland Media Coverage of an Episodic Protest Jennette Lovejoy and Keeler Brynteson Chapter 9: An "Official" Account: Delivering Occupy Portland's Eviction Notice erin daina mcclellan Chapter 10: Interconnected Discontent: Social Media and Social Capital in the Occupy Movement Doug Tewksburyshow more

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