33. From Global Dispossession to Local Repossession: Towards a Worldly Cultural Geography of Occupy Activism

  1. Nuala C. Johnson2,
  2. Richard H. Schein3 and
  3. Jamie Winders4
  1. Matthew Sparke

Published Online: 14 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118384466.ch33

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography

How to Cite

Sparke, M. (2013) From Global Dispossession to Local Repossession: Towards a Worldly Cultural Geography of Occupy Activism, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography (eds N. C. Johnson, R. H. Schein and J. Winders), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118384466.ch33

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Queen's University Belfast, UK

  2. 3

    University of Kentucky, USA

  3. 4

    Syracuse University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655597

Online ISBN: 9781118384466

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Keywords:

  • cultural geography;
  • Occupy activism;
  • Occupy Wall Street;
  • public space

Summary

Moves towards contextualizing local repossession amidst broader struggles against global dispossession do not represent a rejection of the strategy of occupying and culturally recoding particular public spaces. Reflecting on this global spread of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) activism or Occupy activism, it is possible, therefore, to trace ties between what can usefully be labeled the (1) target space, (2) everywhere space, (3) time-space (4) Shared Space, (5) Teaching Space, and (6) Affect Space, and (7) Utopian Space of the movement. The chapter explores what contexts, cultural discourses, and power relations, and thus what space-spanning geographies of resistance a worldly cultural geography of Occupy activism might encompass. A worldly cultural geography can play a critical role in enabling this democratic dialectic, helping to understand why the symbolic appeal of targeting Wall Street helped Occupy activism to take place around the world.