This ambitious book seeks to situate the Occupy movement in the larger context of social movement literature. The author employs an ethnographic approach to detail the many facets of the Occupy Philadelphia movement. Spending between 20 and 40 hours a week at the Occupy Philly encampment, sociologist Leveille (West Chester Univ.) is able to drill down and sketch a compelling picture of Occupy Philly. In so doing, he not only provides a rich account of the debates and fissures within Occupy Philly, but also examines how the movement fits into theories of social movements. Leveille is at his best in describing the schisms that emerged in the movement, and its relationship to outside forces. He also provides an interesting analysis of how the mainstream media framed it, and how it resisted these frames. Claiming that a rebooted version of Marxism that fits a postmodern age is the best approach to understanding the movement, the author combines a number of theoretical strands, from Adorno to Althusser.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.