Networking Futures: The Movements against Corporate Globalization

Networking Futures: The Movements against Corporate Globalization

by Jeffrey S. Juris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822342693

ISBN-13: 9780822342694

Pub. Date: 07/09/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Since the first worldwide protests inspired by Peoples’ Global Action (PGA)—including the mobilization against the November 1999 World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle—anti–corporate globalization activists have staged direct action protests against multilateral institutions in cities such as Prague, Barcelona, Genoa, and Cancun.

Overview

Since the first worldwide protests inspired by Peoples’ Global Action (PGA)—including the mobilization against the November 1999 World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle—anti–corporate globalization activists have staged direct action protests against multilateral institutions in cities such as Prague, Barcelona, Genoa, and Cancun. Barcelona is a critical node, as Catalan activists have played key roles in the more radical PGA network and the broader World Social Forum process. In 2001 and 2002, the anthropologist Jeffrey S. Juris participated in the Barcelona-based Movement for Global Resistance, one of the most influential anti–corporate globalization networks in Europe. Combining ethnographic research and activist political engagement, Juris took part in hundreds of meetings, gatherings, protests, and online discussions. Those experiences form the basis of Networking Futures, an innovative ethnography of transnational activist networking within the movements against corporate globalization.

In an account full of activist voices and on-the-ground detail, Juris provides a history of anti–corporate globalization movements, an examination of their connections to local dynamics in Barcelona, and an analysis of movement-related politics, organizational forms, and decision-making. Depicting spectacular direct action protests in Barcelona and other cities, he describes how far-flung activist networks are embodied and how networking politics are performed. He further explores how activists have used e-mail lists, Web pages, and free software to organize actions, share information, coordinate at a distance, and stage “electronic civil disobedience.” Based on a powerful cultural logic, anti–corporate globalization networks have become models of and for emerging forms of radical, directly democratic politics. Activists are not only responding to growing poverty, inequality, and environmental devastation; they are also building social laboratories for the production of alternative values, discourses, and practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822342694
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/09/2008
Series:
Experimental Futures
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,030,359
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xv

Introduction: The Cultural Logic of Networking 1

1. The Seattle Effect 27

2. Anti-Corporate Globalization Soldiers in Barcelona 61

3. Grassroots Mobilization and Shifting Alliances 93

4. Performing Networks at Direct-Action Protests 123

5. Spaces of Terror: Violence and Repression in Genoa 161

6. May the Resistance Be as Transnational as Capital! 199

7. Social Forums and the Cultural Politics of Autonomous Space 233

8. The Rise of Independent Utopics 267

Conclusion: Political Change and Cultural Transformation in a Digital Age 287

Appendix 1: Electronic Resources 303

Appendix 2: Pink and Silver Call, Genoa, July 20, 2001 305

Appendix 3: Peoples' Global Action Organisational Principles 307

Appendix 4: World Social Forum Charter of Principles 311

Notes 315

References 349

Index 365

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