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Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

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Overview

Deftly combining nuanced theory with rich empirical examples, leading scholar Valentine M. Moghadam shows how both physical and electronic mobility has helped to create dynamic global social movements. Exploring the historical roots of Islamism, feminism, and global justice, the book also shows how these movements have been stimulated by relatively recent globalization processes, including neoliberalism, war, and hegemonic masculinities. Moghadam examines similarities and differences among the three movements, along with internal differentiation within each. Her argument is informed by feminism, world-systems, world polity, and social movement theories in a seamlessly integrated framework that will be essential reading for all students of globalization.
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Editorial Reviews

Mobilization
Moghadam's new book continues in . . . furthering our understanding of the connections between the process of globalization and social movement activity. . . . I applaud Moghadam's ability to draw clear connections among distinct globalizations processes. . . . Social movement scholars would do well to read this timely and theoretically pertinent book. . . . It would be an excellent book for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in international studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, or women's and gender studies programs.
CHOICE
The author presents a detailed discussion of the different types of Islamist groups, how the women's movement sees different frames and collective action repertoires, and how international and global processes of social, political, and economic change influence all of these. Recommended.
James M. Jasper
Val Moghadam has given us the gift we have all been waiting for: a sensible, manageable introduction to social movements in our globalizing world. Plus, she uses a reader-friendly style all too rare in the social sciences. Her own considerable expertise in this area does not get in the way of the big picture.
Jackie Smith
Moghadam provides a highly accessible and thorough analysis of the most challenging conflicts in the world-system—gender inequality and religious fundamentalism. This excellent synthesis of literature on globalization, social movements, and conflict will be valuable for students and scholars alike.
Jillian Schwedler
Moghadam's timely and innovative study begins with the observation that while globalization has political, economic, and cultural aspects, its neoliberal capitalist dimension has brought devastating effects of exclusion by increasing inequality of class, gender, and race. Deeply insightful and highly readable, this book will become a classic among scholars as easily as it will find a home in the classroom.
December 2009 CHOICE
The author presents a detailed discussion of the different types of Islamist groups, how the women's movement sees different frames and collective action repertoires, and how international and global processes of social, political, and economic change influence all of these. Recommended.
John Foran
Val Moghadam has delivered a panoramic view of global social movements today, drawing on her unparalleled studies of Islamism, transnational feminisms, and the global justice movement. We are all in her debt, progressive scholars and inquisitive activists alike.
Paul Christensen
Valentine Moghadam’s Globalization and Social Movements is far and away the best book on the subject available. Theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, it provides students with an accessible and engaging analysis of the interconnections between globalization and social movements. The inclusion in the new edition of an up-to-date examination of the Arab Spring and the anti-austerity and Occupy movements, along with the chapters on Islamist movements, women’s movements, and the global justice movement, make this the perfect text for courses across the social sciences that focus on these topics.
Lauren Langman
A true tour de force. In a very well-researched and carefully documented overview covering several fields of inquiry, Valentine Moghadam enables us to understand how and why the past few years have become so turbulent as the Arab Spring erupted, followed by the Spanish Indignados and Occupy Wall Street. But at the same time, more conservative Islamist movements have spread in many parts of the Muslim world. Her work represents the forefront of academic research, yet at the same time is so clearly written it can easily be used as a text in an undergraduate class. This book will remain the gold standard and mandatory reading for understanding transnational social movements.
Stephen J. Scanlan
Moghadam provides great understanding regarding the most significant social movements shaping the world today and their connections to the dynamics of globalization. Her exploration and analysis of global feminist, Islamic, and justice movements are theoretically grounded and carefully researched, illustrating nicely not only the significance of these cases for the study of social movements but also their relevance for defining social change in the contemporary world.Her scholarship is model research in the study of social movements and comparative sociology,revealing how globalization and its outcomes contribute to but are also shaped by collective action.I highly recommend the book not only for courses in the areas of comparative social change, globalization, and social movements but also a wider audience seeking understanding of the most influential forces shaping modern society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742555723
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/17/2008
  • Series: Globalization Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Valentine M. Moghadam is director of international affairs and professor of sociology at Northeastern University, Boston.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

1 Introduction and Overview 1

2 Globalization and Collective Action 17

3 Islamist Movements 37

4 Feminism on a World Scale 63

5 The Global Justice Movement 91

6 Conclusions and Prognostication 119

Notes 129

References 141

Index 155

About the Author 167

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