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The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy
     

The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy

by Marianne Maeckelbergh
 

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ISBN-10: 074532925X

ISBN-13: 9780745329253

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: Pluto Press

Never before has the idea of democracy enjoyed the global dominance it holds today, but neoliberalism has left the practice of democracy in deep crisis. This book argues that the most promising model for global democracy does not come from traditional political parties or international institutions, but from the global networks of resistance to neoliberal economics

Overview

Never before has the idea of democracy enjoyed the global dominance it holds today, but neoliberalism has left the practice of democracy in deep crisis. This book argues that the most promising model for global democracy does not come from traditional political parties or international institutions, but from the global networks of resistance to neoliberal economics, known collectively as the alterglobalisation movement.

Through extensive examples of decision-making practices within these movements, Maeckelbergh describes and alternative form of global democracy in the making. Perfect for activists and students of political anthropology, this powerful and enlightening book offers radical changes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745329253
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
Anthropology, Culture and Society Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface vii

Acknowledgements viii

List of Abbreviations xi

Introduction: The Unglamorous Side of Glory 1

The Road to Seattle 1

Ethnography of a Global Social Movement 21

Democracy in Social Movements 30

1 Horizontal Armies and Vertical Networks 39

Anti-summit Mobilisations 39

ESF and WSF 53

The Movements within the Movement 61

2 Turning Dreams into Reality 66

What is Prefiguration? 66

The Politics of Process 73

Prefiguration as a Strategic Practice 88

3 Creating Conflictive Spaces 99

Consensus is Oppression 99

Horizontality and Power 108

Diversity 130

4 Reinventing Democracy 139

The Democratic Context 139

Locating the Power to Decide 146

Transforming Democratic Values 160

5 Resisting Unity Through Networks 188

Social Change Through Connectivity 188

Ant Democracy 203

The Individual and Agency 210

Conclusion: Taking Their Time 223

Slowly, Slowly, Long Life 223

Decentralised Network Democracy 224

Social Change 227

Other Worlds 228

Notes 230

Bibliography 248

Index 272

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