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‘It’s Not a Protest, It’s a Process’: A Critical Analysis of State Power, Class Struggle, and the Occupy Movement

Fletcher, SMG (2018) ‘It’s Not a Protest, It’s a Process’: A Critical Analysis of State Power, Class Struggle, and the Occupy Movement. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

In September 2011, over 2000 people set up a protest camp in Zuccotti Park, New York, to contest the increasing inequality and social injustices, they argued to have been brought about by the few, at the expense of the many. This camp along with thousands of other camps worldwide, that would emerge thereafter, would come to be known as the Occupy movement. This thesis offers an examination of the Occupy movement by way of considering this phenomenon through a neo-Marxist framework, concerning, in particular the matter of class struggle. The research contained within, offers a series of elucidations regarding key theoretical and conceptual concerns, pertaining to matters of state power, in the context of the war of position in the advanced capitalist state and the neoliberal conjuncture. Presented within this specific depiction of the convoluted process that is class struggle, there is also a consideration of potential strategies for alliance. These strategies for alliance are by way of seeking to realise the making of a social class force of ‘the people’, on the terms of the exploited classes, that would bring with it, a material change within the state, and to that end, greater forms of equality and social justice.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: class struggle, Occupy Movement, Poulantzas, state power
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 10:35
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 14:54
DOI or Identification number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00009695
Supervisors: Parker, S, Barrett, G and Sim, J
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9695

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