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Chiara Bottici and Benoit Challand

Civil Society in Revolt: From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street

[Presentism at play: People enact a “Tunis Hurrah” [free Tunisia]. Image from Tunisian activists on Facebook.]

As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) celebrates its first anniversary and Arab revolts continue to unfold, it seems a propitious time to ask why the Arab Spring has been such an inspiration for the global left. What was so novel in the occupation of Tahrir square? Do these uprisings signal a new form of political mobilization and protest? Is there, in particular, a philosophy that, despite some differences, unites the Arab Spring and the American Fall? Some have said that the Arab ...

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Chiara Bottici is Assistant Professor at the New School for Social Research (Philosophy), New York. She is the author of A Philosophy of Political Myth  (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and with Benoit Challand, of The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (Routledge, 2010).

Benoit Challand is assistant professor at the Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies, New York University. He has published a book on Palestinian civil society: Foreign Donors and the Power to Promote and Exclude (Routledge, 2009).