Rethinking Occupy: 99 Percent Politics, 1 Percent Power, and the Future of Protest


Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 6:30pm to 8:00pm



Please join the Carr Center for a discussion with Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, and a sociologist focused on the dynamics of direct action, the challenges of direct democracy, and the policing of urban protest. He was one of the first social scientists on the ground at Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011, beginning his inquiry then and continuing uninterrupted ever since. 

This event will be moderated by Professor Timothy P. McCarthy, with time for Q&A with the audience. 

RSVPs are not required, but welcome.

Refreshments will be served. 

About the book:

Occupy Wall Street burst onto the stage of history in the fall of 2011. First by the tens, then by the tens of thousands, protestors filled the streets and laid claim to the squares of nearly 1,500 towns and cities, until, one by one, the occupations were forcibly evicted.

In The Occupiers, author and sociologist Michael Gould-Wartofsky traces the occupation of Zuccotti Park--and some of its counterparts across the United States and around the world--from inception to eviction and beyond.

Painting a vivid picture of everyday life in the square through the use of material gathered in the course of two years of on-the-ground investigation, he takes up the challenges the occupiers faced, the paradoxes of direct democracy, and the dynamics of direct action and police action, and explores the ways in which occupied squares became focal points for an emerging opposition to the politics of austerity, restricted democracy, and the power of corporate America. 

Even if the movement fails to achieve radical reform, Gould-Wartofsky maintains, its offshoots may well accelerate the pace of change in the United States in the years to come.

Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky is the author of the new book, The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Oxford University Press, 2015). ;"Gould-Wartofsky is a PhD Fellow in Sociology at New York University, and holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2007. His research has been featured on PBS and NPR, and his writing has appeared in The Washington PostThe NationMother JonesJacobinSalon, and Le Monde Diplomatique.

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