Another World Was Possible: 911 and the Struggle Against Neoliberalism in the United States Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Zagoren, Sindhu M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication
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  • This thesis focuses on anti-corporate globalization struggles within the United States, and how 911 became a trope around which these activist discourses had to function. Due to specific constructions and interpretations of this event, the United States saw a limiting of protest space, increased measures of security, and an increase in concern around issues of war, surveillance and the national. The nature of this shift disrupted immanent practices of resistance that sought to create alternative social and political configurations within the spatial-temporal existence of anti-corporate demonstrations. This ultimately served to foreclose certain means of resistance such as carnivalesque production of symbolic/utopian spaces, and networked production of an alternative common. Given the national-militaristic dominant discourse post-911, activists were interpellated into a defensive position. In responding to crises rather than promoting alternatives, activists' methods were necessarily altered.
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