Addressing the elite-focus of global city literature, this study argues this focus is a product of the field's methodological conventions which limit understandings of non-elites in global cities. Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and New York are used as a case study to examine non-elite's access to global social power via traditional and non-traditional political science/historical methods that begin to remedy the field's elite-focus. In light of a literature review and historical analysis, the study argues that the formation of a global city cannot occur without domestic neoliberal policies that encourage global capital into fixed locations. Correspondingly, this study's ethnography illustrates that under neoliberalism, the networks developed at elite-levels are analogous to non-elite networks which frequently deal with the consequences of neoliberalism. A product of its environment, the study concludes that OWS is a denationalized and cosmopolitan movement via its New York location.


Krain, Matthew

Second Advisor

Maclean, Robert


History; Political Science


Political History | United States History


new york, occupy wall street, global cities, constructivism, neoliberalism

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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