My New Book, What Comes After Occupy?

I just published What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance (Cambridge What-Comes-After-Occupy-Web-versionScholars Publishing, 2015). Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

Occupy Wall Street, as centered in New York City, received much publicity. Little attention, however, has been granted to the hundreds of Occupy groups in marginal locations whose creative politics were certainly not limited by the influential example of Occupy in Zuccotti Park.

This volume rectifies this oversight, with thirteen essays critically addressing the politics of occupation in places such as Indiana, Oregon, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Montana, and California. It initiates an interdisciplinary and critical discussion concerned with the importance of the ‘local’ to contemporary politics; the evolution of Occupy Wall Street tactics as they changed to fit differing, non-spectacular contexts; and what worked or did not work politically in various contexts. All of the above is designed to inform and improve that as-of-yet-unnamed movement which will come after Occupy.

Boasting scholars from sociology, English, anthropology, peace studies, and history, the volume is divided into three major sections: Occupying the Local: Promise and Predicament; Occupying Space and Borders: South, East, and West; and Occupying the Media: Local, Regional, and National Dilemmas.

If Occupy excited you politically, please check the book out. A cheaper e-version of the book should be available in the next few months. Until then here’s my introduction to the book which includes my description and analysis of Occupy Defiance, the Occupy group I worked closely with in my home town. 

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