Overland Occupy – an online special

The Occupy movement that spread across the globe in 2011 saw a revival of extra-parliamentary politics and sweeping debates about the idea of democracy. It was a movement ignited by the Arab Spring, but one that spread all over the world, including to Australia.

Overland put a callout for an Occupy issue last year. Since then, the movement’s circumstances have changed considerably – Occupy Melbourne no longer resides in City Square, Occupy Sydney has no permanent camp. Can the movement continue now that many of the occupations no longer have a demarcated physical space?

Across the world, the police response to various occupations has been extreme; just over the weekend Occupy Oakland took to the streets in another confrontation with police.

In the wake of economic crises, political atomisation and an increase in militarised policing, what does the Occupy movement mean?

And what of Europe? How is the economic crisis there influencing a world caught in the throes of protest?

There is much to debate. The special online edition of Overland is intended as a contribution to the discussion.

Occupy – Features

Sean Scalmer – ‘The world of all of us’
Occupying history

Elizabeth Humphrys – From Global Justice to Occupy Everywhere
The antecedents to a new movement

Jude McCulloch and David Vakalis – Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
Militarised policing and Occupy Melbourne

Ali Alizadeh – The revolution to come?
Revolutions past and present

Occupy – The view from Europe

Giovanni Tiso – Europe’s Perfect Ruins
The crisis on the continent

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Jacinda Woodhead is a former editor of Overland and current law student.

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  1. Occupy Sydney does not have a camp. They do not camp. Camping is ILLEGAL in Martin Place. But Occupy Sydney do have a full time occupation. The occupation will remain despite the best efforts of state terrorism carried out by the NSW Police. That is all.

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