From Seattle to Wall Street: counter-hegemonic protests and hegemonic (in)security Public Deposited

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  • Paffhouse, Matthew D.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • In this paper, I analyze the neoliberal ruling class' reaction to counter-hegemonic protests in order to shed light on its perceived security. This analysis is grounded in a neo-Gramscian theoretical framework, and is conducted through a comparative analysis of two counter-hegemonic movements: the 1999 Battle at Seattle and the 2011 Occupy Wall Street. To provide argumentative clarity, I have devised a categorization of hegemonic reactions to counter-hegemonic movements. This categorization is based on a division between the different actors constituting the neoliberal ruling class, and whether their dominant responding strategy is strong or weak, with a strong response indicative of greater insecurity, and the latter security. The three ruling class actors analyzed are the corporate media, the government, and the police and security apparatus. Based on the change in response to the two protests, I conclude that the perceived security of the neoliberal ruling class has decreased since 1999.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Political Science, Concentration European Governance.
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