Protest and Organization in the Alternative Globalization Era: NGOs, Social Movements, and Political Parties

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Protest and Organization in the Alternative Globalization Era examines the development of anticorporate, prodemocracy movements over the last two decades, from the Alternative Globalization Movement and World Social Forum that ushered in the 21st century, to today's massive Arab Spring, Eurozone crisis, and Occupy Wall Street. The book locates the root causes of global recession, runaway debt, and severe social inequality that precipitated these movements within political-economic systems established decades ...

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Overview

Protest and Organization in the Alternative Globalization Era examines the development of anticorporate, prodemocracy movements over the last two decades, from the Alternative Globalization Movement and World Social Forum that ushered in the 21st century, to today's massive Arab Spring, Eurozone crisis, and Occupy Wall Street. The book locates the root causes of global recession, runaway debt, and severe social inequality that precipitated these movements within political-economic systems established decades earlier, offering a critical account of neoliberal capitalism's utter incompatibility with democratic freedom. It focuses on contests over the development of economic alternatives, social transformation, and political organization among the most prominent tendencies on the global Left, as well as the challenges they face in collectively developing new, egalitarian social institutions and democratic political programs. The result is a highly nuanced account of struggles that function as a vital counterforce to illegitimate governments and corporate power.

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"This book wonderfully captures the great accomplishments of the World Social Forums to bring together the voices of protest against neoliberalism and provide a space of encounter for the various elements of the alternative globalization movements, but it also recognizes the limitations of the social forum process and calls for continuing its project through new structures and forms of organization. This excellent account of our recent past thus also presents an important vision for moving forward." - Michael Hardt, Co-author of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth

"Gautney gives us an illuminating portrait of what she calls the ‘alternative globalization’ movement, embedding vivid empirical descriptions of the movement in an astute account of the historical developments that gave rise to it.Nuanced, intelligent, and well-informed, this book is essential to an understanding of the rise of the most important movement of our time." - Frances Fox Piven, Professor, Graduate School of the City University of New York and Author of Poor People’s Movements and Challenging Authority

"A riveting and unvarnished account of the trials and tribulations of the alternative globalization movement as experienced through the history of the World Social Forums. This noble attempt to create an open space in which to discuss how ‘another world’ might be possible is systematically dissected and analyzed. In the midst of the current global disruptions and the seeming collapse of the neoliberal project, such a movement desperately needs to re-assert its influence and power. Gautney’s perceptive analysis of the potential barriers and blockages to so doing therefore deserves the closest attention on the part of all of those who are frustrated by the thought of a returban to capitalism as usual." - David Harvey, Author of A Brief History of Neoliberalism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137013323
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Gautney is Associate Professor of Sociology at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She has authored books and articles on politics and a variety of social movements, including Occupy Wall Street, the Alternative Globalization Movement, the Anti-Iraq War Movement, and the World Social Forum. Dr. Gautney is a member of the Social Text collective and the Advisory Board of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Neoliberal Globalization: Origins and Effects 9

2 The Alternative Globalization Movement and World Social Forum 39

3 Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) 85

4 Antiauthoritarian Social Movements 111

5 Political Parties and the State 141

6 States and Movements 165

Conclusion 177

Abbreviations 181

Appendix 1 The World Social Forum Charter of Principles 185

Appendix 2 "Polycentric" World Social Forum Themes 2006 and "Goals of Action" for World Social Forum 2009 189

Appendix 3 Platform of the International Movement ATTAC 193

Notes 197

Bibliography 203

Index 227

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