Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in a Global Age by Geoffrey Pleyers

By Geoffrey Pleyers

Opposite to the typical view that globalization undermines social business enterprise, 'alter-globalization activists', that's, those that contest globalization in its neo-liberal shape, have built new how you can turn into actors within the worldwide age.

They suggest choices to Washington Consensus guidelines, enforce horizontal and participatory association versions and advertise a nascent international public space.Rather than being anti-globalization, those activists have equipped a very international move that has accrued voters, devoted intellectuals, indigenous, farmers, dalits and NGOs opposed to neoliberal regulations in road demonstrations and Social boards around the world, from Bangalore to Seattle and from Porto Alegre to Nairobi. This booklet analyses this around the globe circulation at the bases of intensive box learn carried out in view that 1999.

Alter-Globalization offers a complete account of those serious international forces and their makes an attempt to reply to one of many significant demanding situations of our time: How can electorate and civil society give a contribution to the development of a fairer, sustainable and extra democratic co-existence of humans in a world global?

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Their movements represent a call for personal freedom against the logics of power and of production, consumption and mass media. However, as A. ’3 On the other hand, alter-globalization activists refuse all preconceived models and plans to create this other world, and privilege learning by experience, by trial and error, in the process of experimenting. Activists consider the struggle as a process of creative experimentation in which the values of ‘another world’ are put into practice within organizations, in the Social Forums (Grubacic, 2003) or in daily life.

At the local level, activists establish alternatives which may appear limited in scope, but which embody some of the central values of alter-globalization: ‘They said, “You are utopian . ” and I replied, “Yes, we are The Experience of Another World 41 utopian. I embrace it. But everything we’ve said up to now, we’ve done . ” ’ (a Barricade activist quoted by Louviaux, 2003: 150). Under the influence of local movements, some neighbourhoods have become, ‘terrains of subjectivization: over the past years, a process of production of social relations has been at work in the territory of the neighbourhood.

Many social and national movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, whether nationalist or working-class, regarded growing internal uniformity as necessary to their development. Alter-globalization activists refuse to pay the price of uniformity: a limitation of heterodoxy and plurality. This is a major rupture with the movements of industrial society: ‘When we demonstrate that the new century and the new millennium are those of differences, we mark a fundamental rupture with what the 20th century was about: the great struggle of hegemonies’ (Subcomandante Marcos, interview in Michel & Escárzaga, 2001: 140).

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