ISSN: 20509790
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 1 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2014
Societies of Occupy: Scenes from occupied Pittsburgh
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Authors:  Keith Spencer 
DOI: 10.1386/jucs.1.1.155_1

Keywords
Pittsburgh,Occupy movement,demographics,socio-economics,protest movements,consensus,direct democracy

Abstract
The physical and digital fragmentation of the Occupy movement makes it notoriously difficult to define politically: in an attempt to analyse one local movement, the author performed convenience interviews with Occupy Pittsburgh participants, noting demographic information and political opinion. Through repeated interviews over several months, Occupy Pittsburgh became increasingly leftist and radical in rhetoric, even after dispersal of the physical camp. A similar trend seems to have occurred nationwide. The author opines that the organizational model of consensus may be the reason for the leftward shift in values and ideology, and ties this to observational research.
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