Because the Night Belongs to Lovers: Occupying the Time of Precarity

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While much of Occupy's political power is rooted in its spatial tactic, the movement's temporal realities are also key to understanding its complexities. This talk considers those realities, specifically turning to the night: a time when the spatial practice of occupying and the temporality of precarity find each other in a strange embrace. In the dark, new and unheard of demands emerge for the first time. At night, the fault lines of the movement rupture to the surface in new ways. It is also at night that those outside the camps, from the police, journalists, and the public, fix their gaze upon Occupy. Night also reflects the lived experience of precarity that Occupy and other activists and theorists have long mobilized against. This paper considers what new strategies of resistance loom in the realm of time.

Keywords: Night; Occupy; Precarity; Public Space; Temporal; Time

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2013.828384

Publication date: January 2, 2014

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