This book on Occupy reminds us of the important ways the movement connected local to global issues and vice versa. The collection of chapters appropriately represent diverse voices from and perspectives on the movement. This volume will provide a valuable resource for students, scholars, and all those who are considering Occupy’s influences on movements to come.
— George Cheney, Kent State University
Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland uses multiple communication perspectives to understand this critically important development in social movements. One of the many strengths of the volume is that it investigates Occupy at the broader cultural and economic context, the mediated context, and at the level of everyday, on-the-ground organizing. The book is a must-read for students and scholars in communication, social movements, organizational studies, political science, and economics, and anyone else interested in the dynamics of social contention in late capitalism.
— Heather M. Zoller, University of Cincinnati
The “Occupy” movement presents novel and rich complexities as the first postmodern social movement. This volume goes significantly beyond popular commentary on the movement and typical social movement analyses to the internal micro-practices of development and struggle. The results are fresh, insightful and compelling.
— Stanley A. Deetz, University of Colorado
Over the four chapters of the second section, the various contributors deliver anicely targeted exploration of the internal operation of Occupy Portland. Munoz’sand Heath’s contributions are particularly compelling: Munoz describes the Occupymovement’s determination to work in a genuinely participatory way, with decision-making occurring horizontally among the people involved, rather than vertically as itwould if it were left to a conventional leadership group. But the creation and mainte-nance of Occupy’s horizontal organizational structure was massively challenging:not only did those present have to develop new communication frameworks to sup- port this way of working, but they also had to do it in an environment charged withemotions, and with the constant threat of intervention by police. The nuanced ethnog-raphy Munoz delivers on these matters is the outcome of participant-observation; heresearched the movement while fully taking part in Occupy Portland.
— Book Review: Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland, edited by Renee Guarriello Heath, Courtney Vail Fletcher, and Ricardo Munoz Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly June 2014 91: 392–393