Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Occupy feminism
by Cotter, Maura, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 64; 1604883
Abstract (Summary)

The Occupy movement galvanized people from across the United States and around the world to stand up against corporate profiteering and political corruption. The revolutionary energy spread from community to community and Occupiers began to create a reality moving beyond racism, hierarchy, and patriarchy. Feminist activists, both women and men, had a major voice in Occupy. They called into question sexist behavior, unrecognized privilege and gender inequality in conjunction with other forms of oppression. Unfortunately the breakdown of the encampments and the backlash in the mainstream media led to a critical view of the movement. In reality, Occupiers formed networks of mutual aid which continue to expand and transform today.

Based on ethnographic research conducted at Occupy Los Angeles and Occupy Long Beach, this thesis project explores a feminist perspective of the Occupy movement. Inspired by applied visual anthropology and new media, Occupy Feminism is an interactive zine interspersed with writing, photographs and videos. This project is an educational resource for those who want to understand feminist theory, the Occupy movement and how they intersect.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Loewe, Ronald
Commitee: Douglas, Thomas, LeMaster, Barbara, Wilson, Scott
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social research, Womens studies
Keywords: Alternative media, Applied anthropology, Applied visual anthropology, Feminism, New media, Occupy movement
Publication Number: 1604883
ISBN: 9781339292885
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