The Anarchism of the Occupy Movement

Gibson, Morgan Rodgers (2013) The Anarchism of the Occupy Movement. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 3: 335-348. doi:10.1080/10361146.2013.820687

Author Gibson, Morgan Rodgers
Title The Anarchism of the Occupy Movement
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2013-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2013.820687
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 335
End page 348
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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 recent scholarship that distinguishes between ideological anarchism and anarchical forms of praxis inspired by anarchist principles. It argues that Occupy’s praxis is anarchical. Though not ideologically anarchist, Occupy expresses a commitment to anarchist ideals. The article develops a particular conception of anarchism and in this context, discusses Occupy’s anticapitalist position, reflected in its catchcry ‘we are the 99 per cent’. It concludes by explicating the anarchical elements of Occupy’s praxis.
Keyword Anarchism
Occupy movement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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