When Narratives Travel: The Occupy Movement in Latvia and Sweden [chapter]

Anne Kaun
2015 Civic Engagement and Social Media  
In autumn of 2011 Occupy quickly spread worldwide setting the stage for the global Occupy movement. During the last years the movement has changed considerably. The encampments have disappeared and activists have developed ideas loosely linked to OWS following different trajectories. These are obvious changes over time, however, Occupy as an idea also changed while travelling to other localities. The chapter argues that rather than one strongly interlinked network based on social media
more » ... cial media (Castells, 2009), the Occupy movement should be understood as a travelling narrative characterized by very specific reshapings and reinterpretations negotiating the global and the local. Drawing on a multi-sited narrative analysis, the chapter discusses how the global and local scale of the Occupy movement were appropriated by Swedish and Latvian activists. The main aim is to suggest a narrative approach to analyze global protest movements demanding radical and historical contextualization.
doi:10.1057/9781137434166_6 fatcat:hxacj5mnojd6lk4jpktgp5o4lu