A History of World Order and Resistance

The Making and Unmaking of Global Subjects

By Andre C. Drainville

© 2011 – Routledge

216 pages

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About the Book

This book combines theory with history to look into a dozen episodes of struggle over the concrete and situated terms of world ordering, and it finds reasons to think that the contemporary 'movement of movements' against neo-liberal globalization has deeper roots and a broader history than is usually recognized. Informed by case studies from the US, the UK, France, South Africa, Algeria, the Philippines and Jamaica, A History of World Order and Resistance examines how men and women are sometimes subjectified by world ordering, and how they sometimes make themselves true subjects of their own global history.

The author, an expert on resistance to world ordering, situates the contemporary 'movement of movements' against neo-liberal globalization in a broader historical framework to argue that resistance to world ordering has not only developed its very own, unalienating, mode of relation to the world economy, but also sustained it over two hundred years, without political mediation or representations. Herein lies the heart of the on-going world revolution against capital. The book concludes with a radical polemic against the political organization of the multitude.

A History of World Order and Resistance will be of interest to students and scholars of political theory, international political economy and globalization.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'We' has been there Before 1. Before Us: Unrelational, Immaterial Notions of Global Power and Counter-Power 2. Towards a Proper Theory of Global Presence 3. Global Neighbourhoods and Plantations 4. Sites Unseen and Whole Countries 5. Everywhere? 6. Conclusion: What is 'We' to Do?

About the Author

A. C. Drainville is professor of sociology at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada.

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:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General