The group “Networks, Movements, and Technopolitics” at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (UOC), along with our partners in the US and Canada and the network @DatAnalysis15M, are launching this survey on Occupy (#OccupySurvey) on its third anniversary. The goal is to gather opinions and perceptions three years after the emergence of the Occupy movement on issues such as forms of participation, the use of technology, the role of emotions in the movement, its evolution, as well as its impacts on different spheres of society.
The survey will be open from September 17th to October 31st. Soon after the closing of the survey, we will publicize the initial results in this website.
The text of the survey is based on two previous enquiries launched on 15M in Spain, in May 2013 and 2014.The survey is part of a comparative study between two network movements, 15M and Occupy Wall Street. It tries to analyze, in an interdisciplinary and situated manner, the emergence of these movements, their common characteristics, their relationships and their impacts.
The comparative study is itself part of the Balzan project entitled "The Cultural and social dimensions of the economic crisis from 2008 to 2014: Financial Cultures, Human Suffering and Social Protests." This project analyzes three fundamental aspects of the economic crisis that began in 2008: financial cultures in the US, the impact of austerity policies and cuts in social spending in Italy, Greece, and the UK, as well as the emergence of new, networked protest movements in the US (Occupy) and Spain (15M).
Participants in the design and development of this survey: Max Liboiron, Joan Donovan, Pablo Benson, Luis Moreno Caballud, Sasha Constanza-Chok, Pablo Rey Mazón, Antonio Calleja, Daniel Blanche, Arnau Monterde, Noelia Díaz, Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, Alex Penina, Eunate Serrano, Javier Toret and Datanalysis15M.
We want to thank, specially, to the people who collaborated in the pilot survey.
(This research is possible thanks to the second half of the Balzan Prize 2013 in Sociology, awarded to Manuel Castells, and to the generous contributions of our partners in the US and Canada)
(*Image by Aaron Bauer under a CC BY 2.0 License)