You are invited to participate in an anthropological study of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. This undergraduate thesis project asks how the strategies utilized by police and protesters at demonstrations contribute to or detract from the movement’s ability to make change. Using Occupy Wall Street as a case study, it will examine how police and protesters make decisions, how the movement and police force determine appropriate strategies for political events, and how singular events change the discourse that surrounds the movement and its message. The project will use Occupy Wall Street as a case study, with particular attention to the October 1, 2011, Brooklyn Bridge action.
The researcher is currently looking for individuals who participated in OWS protests, policed the movement as part of the NYPD, or were otherwise particularly interested in and/or witnessed the protest. Interviewees will be asked about their thoughts on the movement’s success, how they were personally involved, and how they functioned as part of a team. We are interested in hearing your stories about your experiences with OWS.
Interviews will be kept confidential, including the names and physical descriptions of all participants.
The interviews will be just 30-45 minutes long, and will be held in NYU’s anthropology building on 25 Waverly Place, or at a public location of your choosing. We ask that participants are over 18 years of age. Participation is completely voluntary, and a participant may withdraw from the study at any time.
If interested, please contact Prachi at firstname.lastname@example.org.