Critical research and theorizing on the Anti- or Alter-Globalization Movement has exploded over the last two decades. This volume provides a platform for scholar-activists themselves to share insights from engaged research and to critically reflect on movement histories and internal dynamics. It also highlights ways in which activists are reaching beyond their geographical and issue boundaries to link with others in struggle, to construct a broader global movement of the left--and beyond. Case studies span the social movement spectrum from more traditional concerns with class, the primacy of the labor movement, economic redistribution and justice, through the so-called 'new' movements of identity and post-materialist issues of peace, the environment, gender, and indigenous struggles, to the newest currents in (post-)autonomy, (post-)anarchism, and de- or anti-coloniality.
Together these studies show that what began in Chiapas with the Zapatista cry of basta ya! as an 'anti-globalization' movement morphed for a time into 'alter-globalization' and 'global peace and justice', and may now be emerging as a counter-hegemonic project of and for global democratization.
This book was published as a special issue of Globalizations.
Table of Contents
1. Theorizing and Engaging the Global Movement: From Anti-Globalization to Global Democratization: An Introduction Ruth Reitan 2. Coalescence of the Global Peace and Justice Movements Ruth Reitan 3. The Global Social Forum Rhizome: A Theoretical Framework Peter Nikolaus Funke 4.‘Workers of the World, Unite'? Globalization and the Quest for Transnational Solidarity Andreas Bieler 5. Transnational Feminisms building Anti-Globalization Solidarities Janet Conway 6. Climate Change or Social Change? Environmentalism, Leftist Praxis, & Participatory Action Research Ruth Reitan and Shannon Gibson 7. An Indigenous Movement to Confront Climate Change Ben Powless 8. ‘No One Is Illegal!’ Resistance and the Politics of Discomfort Maurice Stierl 9. Balkanization of Politics, Politics of Balkanization Andrej Grubačić 10. The Living and Being of the Streets: Fanon and the Arab Spring Anna M. Agathangelou
Ruth Reitan is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami, USA. She is author of Global Activism (Routledge, 2007) and The Rise and Decline of an Alliance: Cuba and African American Leaders in the 1960s (Michigan State University, 1999) and conducts participatory research at World Social Forums and other international activist sites.