There has been clear recognition of tendencies towards uncritically celebrating resistance and the need for critical appraisal within the literature on globalization and contestation.
This book provides a conceptual history of global civil society and a critical examination of the politics of resistance in the global political economy. It uses a dialectical method of analysis to illustrate the conceptual stasis of mainstream approaches to questions of globalization and contestation, while demonstrating the potential of a Gramscian approach to reconstitute hegemony as a key analytical and explanatory tool. Buckley offers insight to the movements of transversal hegemony and existent and anticipated modes of social relation through the case studies of the World Social Forum and the World People's Conference on Climate Change.
Offering a more comprehensive understanding of change in the global political economy, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of international political economy, globalization, global civil society, sociology, and the politics resistance.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Globalization and Contestation 2. Critical Conceptualisation and Transversal Hegemony 3. Producing Knowledge through Global Civil Society 4. Constituting Global Civil Society through Global Governance 5. 'Dialectics of Presence' at the World Social Forum 6. Situating Global Consciousness and Contestation at the World People's Conference 7. Contestation and Change 8. Conclusion
Karen M. Buckley is a lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.