Commentary: Democracy, temporalities of capitalism, and dilemmas of inclusion in Occupy movements

by David Nugent

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By David Nugent The two articles in this issue that I consider here raise fascinating questions about the temporalities of capitalism and about the dilemmas of inclusion in the recent Occupy movements. I explore some of these questions by focusing on three features of the movements: their temporal registers, their moral imaginaries, and their implicit and explicit understandings of democracy. I connect these different threads by showing their relationships to one another and also to what activists believe Occupy has emerged in opposition to: the interrelated crises of global capitalism and representative democracy.

Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, New York City, October 2011. Photo by Angelique Haugerud.
Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, New York City, October 2011. Photo by Angelique Haugerud.

See: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1425.2012.01363.x/abstract