Nov 232011

The Occupy Movements: an anthropological view

In what ways can we see this social movement as a “system change with conscious purpose”? How does it compare to other cases of human system change in deep or recent history?

This blog is a group creation of the Ecological Anthropology class at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. As a final class project, we are reading, writing and analysing this social movement from an ecological perspective, that is, as a moment when the entities, relations and processes of social and change in human ecosystems become a little clearer.

This is a work in progress; we welcome public commentary that is constructive, engages with the issues, does not make personal attacks. This is a learning process for us all.

Basic Principles for Our Blog-Exploration

  • use  Occupy movements across different cities and countries as ‘ethnographic’ cases that illustrate (or not) some key aspects of human systems ecology, in particular how belief systems, ideas/ ideologies, collective consciousness and particular action  work during times of change.
  •  look at the role of media, communications in structural change
  • unpack how the ecological, lifeworlds and systems-change features of the Occupy Movement relates to the economic/political nature (hierarchies, etc.)
  • put this movement in anthropological perspective: how does change processes in our contemporary human ecosystem compare with others we’ve studied across millenia and around the world?

Note on the name of this blog: Though the discipline of ecological anthropology itself might could use some ‘occupying’… that is not the primary purpose of this blog; rather, we use some basic conceptual tools from eco-anth to  understand and contribute to positive change in our social, cultural, and bio-physical environments.

 23 November 2011  Posted by fwyndham About Us  Add comments