Global Activism

1st Edition

Ruth Reitan

Routledge
Published July 27, 2007
Reference - 338 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415455510 - CAT# RU50591
Series: Rethinking Globalizations

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Summary

This comprehensive study traces the transnationalization of activist networks, analyzing their changing compositions and characters and examining the roles played by the World Social Forum in this process.

Comparing four of the largest global networks targeting the 'neoliberal triumvirate' of the World Bank, the IMF and the World Trade Organization:

  • the Jubilee anti-debt campaigners
  • Via Campesina peasant farmers
  • Our World Is Not For Sale
  • and the anarchistic Peoples’ Global Action.

Written by a scholar-activist, the book highlights that despite their diversity, these collective actors follow a similar globalizing path and that networks in which solidarity is based on a shared identity perceived as threatened by neoliberal change are gaining strength. Social forums are depicted as a fertile ground to strengthen networks and a common ground for cooperative action among them, but also a battleground over the future of the forum process, the global anti-neoliberal struggle, and 'other possible worlds' in the making.

Global Activism will appeal to students and scholars interested in globalization, international relations, IPE and social movements.

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