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Sociologists Available to Discuss ‘Occupy’ Movement

WASHINGTON, DC, October 18, 2011 — The American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss the “Occupy” movement, which began in New York and has spread around the world.

Jeff Goodwin is a Professor of Sociology at New York University. Goodwin has authored and edited numerous publications on social movements including: Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements; Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Culture, and Emotion; and “Emotional Dimensions of Social Movements.” He currently chairs the American Sociological Association’s Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

David S. Meyer is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Irvine. Meyers, who is most directly concerned with the relationships between social movements and the political contexts in which they emerge, writes about the politics of protest—including the ‘Occupy’ movement—on his blog, “Politics Outdoors.” He has also authored and edited a variety of publications on social movements including: The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America; Routing the Opposition: Social Movements, Public Policy, and Democracy in America; and Social Movements: Identity, Culture, and the State.

Frances Fox Piven is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Considered one of the foremost commentators on America’s social welfare system, Piven co-authored Poor People's Movements, which analyzed 20th century protest movements, and argued that organization-building is less effective than mass disruptive power. Her most recent book is Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.

To request an interview, contact Daniel Fowler, ASA’s Media Relations and Public Affairs Officer, at (202) 527-7885 or


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