Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in a Global Age

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Polity, 2010 - Political Science - 316 pages
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Contrary to the common view that globalization undermines social agency, 'alter-globalization activists' or have contested globalization in its neo-liberal form and have developed new ways to become actors in the global age. They propose alternatives to Washington Consensus policies, implement horizontal and participatory organization models and promote a nascent global public space.

These activists have built a truly global movement that has gathered citizens, committed intellectuals, indigenous, farmers, dalits and NGOs against neoliberal policies in street demonstrations and Social Forums all over the world, from Bangalore and Seattle to Copenhagen and from Porto Alegre to Dakar. This book analyses this worldwide movement on the bases of extensive field research conducted since 1999 and until the aftermath of the global crisis.

Alter-Globalization provides a comprehensive account of these critical global forces and their attempts to answer one of the major challenges of our time: How can citizens and civil society contribute to the building of a fairer, sustainable and more democratic co-existence of human beings in a global world?

 

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Contents

The Way of Subjectivity
33
The Way of Reason
107
Confluence of the Two Paths
179
Conclusion
258
Notes
264
Bibliography
280
Index
302
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\Geoffrey Pleyers is Research Fellow at the University of Louvain.

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