“Yes, we camp!”: Democracy in the Age Occupy

  • Ziga Vodovnik University of Ljubljana
  • Andrej Grubacic California Institute of Integral Studies, 1435 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103
Keywords: occupy, democracy, citizenship, infrapolitics, city, exilic space, social movements

Abstract

This article explores the global mass assembly movement, focusing on its redefinitions of democracy and political membership, where one of the most interesting and promising aspects is reaffirmation of spatiality. In a way, the so-called Occupy Movement imagined new concepts of democracy and political membership worked out on a more manageable scale, that is to say, within local communities. We build on the recent scholarly attention given to the notion of nonstate spaces, which we chose to call exilic spaces because they are populated by communities that voluntarily or involuntarily attempt escape from both state regulation and capitalist accumulation.

Author Biographies

Ziga Vodovnik, University of Ljubljana
Associate Professor
Andrej Grubacic, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1435 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103
Associate Professor

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Published
2015-07-31
Section
Conference Paper