The Struggle for the World: Liberation Movements for the 21st Century

The Struggle for the World: Liberation Movements for the 21st Century

by Charles Lindholm, Jose Pedro Zuquete
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804759383

ISBN-13: 9780804759380

Pub. Date: 04/05/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

What do Mexico's Zapatistas, the French National Front, Slow Food, rave subculture, and al-Qaeda all have in common? From right-wing to left-wing to no-wing, they all proudly proclaim their mission to defend their distinctive identities against modernity's homogenizing processes. This controversial book establishes fundamental similarities between

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What do Mexico's Zapatistas, the French National Front, Slow Food, rave subculture, and al-Qaeda all have in common? From right-wing to left-wing to no-wing, they all proudly proclaim their mission to defend their distinctive identities against modernity's homogenizing processes. This controversial book establishes fundamental similarities between anti-globalization "aurora" movements that aim to destroy the modern world and bring a radiant new dawn to humankind.

While these groups often despise one another, they nonetheless share many fundamental characteristics, goals, and attitudes. Drawing on the original writings and actions of various anti-globalist groups, the authors reveal a common tendency toward charismatic leadership, good versus evil worldviews, the quest for authentic identity, concern with ritual, and unbending demands for total commitment. These movements, however they pursue world transformation and personal transcendence, are a prominent and continuing aspect of our present condition. This book is a strong reminder that, no matter what the cause, revolution is not a thing of the past and the fervent search for another world continues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804759380
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2010
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Struggle for the World 1

2 The Latin American Quest for Independence 11

3 The European Search for Authenticity 49

4 Global Movements to Transform Humanity 83

5 Purifying the World: The Global Jihad 122

6 Between Doom and Redemption 152

Notes 177

Bibliography 227

Index 261

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