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Globalization and Contestation

The New Great Counter-Movement, 1st Edition

By Ronaldo Munck


162 pages

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Globalization is undoubtedly the great overarching paradigm of our era. However, there is still little agreement on what globalization actually ‘is’ and some do not accept that it ‘is’ anything at all.

This new book addresses the contestation of globalization by the anti- or counter-globalization movement. To contest means to challenge, to call into question, to doubt, to oppose and to litigate. This study shows how globalization is ‘contestable’ in many different ways and how the counter-movements we have seen emerging over the last decade also ‘bear witness’ on behalf of an alternative human future. Ronaldo Munck presents an overarching framework that allows us to understand how globalization and its contestation are inextricably bound up with one another. This volume insightfully explores a number of case studies, including:

  • the battle of Seattle in 1999
  • the World Social Forum
  • peasant internationalism
  • environmental movements and reactionary movements including: the US Patriot's movement, Islamic fundamentalist movements and other nationalist movements.

Globalization and Contestation will be of great interest to all students and scholars of international relations, politics and of globalization and global governance in particular.

Table of Contents

1. Globalization: A New Social, Political and Cultural Matrix 2. Contestation: Societal Reactions to the Free Market 3. Transnational Social Movements: From the First International to the World Social Forum 4. The Anti-Globalization Movement: From Seattle (1999) to the Future 5. Transnational Political Fora: Actors, Issues and Prospects 6. Local Transnationalisms: Workers, Peasants and Environmentalists 7. Reaction and Globalization: Nationalists, Patriots and Jihadists 8. The Great Counter-Movement: Empires, Multitude and Social Transformation

About the Author

Ronaldo Munck is Theme Leader for Internationalization, Interculturalism and Social Development (IISD) at Dublin City University, Ireland.

About the Series

Rethinking Globalizations

This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions