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The New Global Politics

Global Social Movements in the Twenty-First Century, 1st Edition

Edited by Harry E. Vanden, Peter N. Funke, Gary Prevost


266 pages

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Over the past decade, there has been an unprecedented mobilization of street protests worldwide, from the demonstrations that helped bring progressive governments to power in Latin America, to the Arab Spring, to Occupy movements in the United States and Europe, to democracy protests in China. This edited volume investigates the current status, nature and dynamics of the new politics that characterizes social movements from around the world that are part of this revolutionary wave.

Spanning case studies from Latin America, North and South Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America, this volume examines the varied manifestations of the current cycle of protest, which emerged from the Global South and spread to the North and highlights their interconnections – the globalized nature of these social movements. Analytically converging around Sidney Tarrow’s emphasis on protest cycles, political opportunity structures and identity, the individual chapters investigate processes such as global framing, internationalization, diffusion, scale shifts, externalizations and transnational coalition building to provide an analytic cartography of the current state of social movements as they are simultaneously globalizing while still being embedded in their respective localities.

Looking at new ways of thinking and new forms of challenging power, this comprehensive volume will be of great interest to graduates and scholars in the fields of globalization, social movements and international politics.

Table of Contents


I. Latin America: Introduction

2. Constructing Autonomy: Comparing Zapatista Strategies of Indigenous Resistance in Mexico

Richard Stahler-Sholk

3. Social Movement Governance in Bolivia: Contention in a multi-ethnic Democracy

Waltraud Q. Morales and Annabelle Conroy

4. Cycles of Protest and Social Movements in Brazil

Harry E. Vanden

5. Resource Extraction, Sumak Kawsay and Social Movement Resistance in Ecuador under Rafael Correa

Marc Becker

II. Africa and the Middle East: Introduction

6. Transition of Governance in Egypt in the Post Arab Spring

Jamil Jreisat

7. The Role of Social Movements inTunesia’s Jasmine Revolution

Hiba Heichsche

8. Iranian Women and Their Strategic Role during the Green Movement,

Raheleh Dayerizadeh

9. Sisterhood in the Age of Imperialism: Consequences of Transnational Activism for Women’s Movements in Post-colonial Muslim Societies

Fae Chubin

10. Revolution or Retaliation: Contested Meaning in the Syrian Uprising,  

Abla Khalil

11. South African Social Movements: Between Confrontation and Cooptation

Gary Prevost  

III. North America & Europe: Introduction

12. The Global Justice Movement and its Subterranean Afterlife in Europe: From the Zapatistas to Occupy and Austerity Protests

Peter N. Funke

13. Occupy: Prehistories and Continuities

Samantha L. Bowden

14. The Promise and Pitfalls of Horizontalism in the Occupy Movement

Kara Zugman Dellacioppa

IV. Asia: Introduction

15. Social Movements in India

Arun Abraham

16. Demanding State Intervention: New opportunities for popular protest in China

Shih-Diing Liu

About the Editors

Harry E. Vanden is Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of South Florida, USA.

Peter N. Funke is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida, USA.

Gary Prevost is Professor of Political Science at St. John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota, USA.

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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