By Catherine Eschle
This ebook presents a entire and nuanced research of the 'anti-globalisation' struggles occurring all over the world. It exhibits the complexity and variety of those events and illustrates this with distinctive empirical stories of neighborhood, nationwide and transnational resistance within the usa, Europe, Asia and Africa. The authors introduce a number of competing theoretical views from foreign political financial system, social flow conception, globalisation stories, feminism, and postmodernism, explaining how activism has prompted concept and the way idea may help activists to change their strategies.
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The potential leader of a counter-hegemonic shift in social relations, is most applicable to ATTAC. Chapter 10 by Sian Sullivan shifts our attention to more confrontational modes of politics, specifically the rise of ‘militancy’ in the street protests of what she calls ‘the (anti-)globalisation movement/s’. Like Coronado and Staudt, Sullivan is a declared participant in the politics of which she writes. Her analysis is grounded in an ethnography of recent protests in Thessaloniki and London, and also draws upon diverse sources of critical theorising that force the doors of the IR discipline wide open, including poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, ‘post-anarchist’ political theory and anthropology.
Although women, particularly young women, are heavily involved and there are also a few, high-profile women leaders (see Egan and Robidoux 2001), such women rarely speak as feminists. Further, there is only limited recognition beyond explicitly feminist groups that gender is a source of power. ; 1998). The World Social Forum has a more ambiguous, if improving, record. At the first forum, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in January 2001, feminist groups had to fight at a late stage to get their perspectives onto the agenda.
Bleiker discusses two hard questions facing theorists and activists, both of which are key to a global democratic ethos: the representative character of the movement, that is who speaks for whom, and the dilemmas of violent versus non-violent strategy. Although he reaches very different conclusions on the latter than Sullivan, he echoes her closing insistence on the political potentialities of street protest, which ‘engender the very idea of productive ambiguity that may well be essential for the long-term survival of democracy’ (p.