Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in a Global Age by Geoffrey Pleyers

By Geoffrey Pleyers

Opposite to the typical view that globalization undermines social corporation, 'alter-globalization activists', that's, those that contest globalization in its neo-liberal shape, have built new how one can develop into actors within the worldwide age.

They suggest choices to Washington Consensus rules, enforce horizontal and participatory association versions and advertise a nascent international public space.Rather than being anti-globalization, those activists have equipped a really worldwide circulate that has accumulated voters, dedicated intellectuals, indigenous, farmers, dalits and NGOs opposed to neoliberal rules in road demonstrations and Social boards world wide, from Bangalore to Seattle and from Porto Alegre to Nairobi. This publication analyses this around the globe circulate at the bases of intensive box examine carried out for the reason that 1999.

Alter-Globalization presents a finished account of those severe international forces and their makes an attempt to respond to one of many significant demanding situations of our time: How can electorate and civil society give a contribution to the construction of a fairer, sustainable and extra democratic co-existence of people in a world global?

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In a context where policy makers, structured political participation and representative democracy have shown their limitations in the face of global challenges, how did this global but heterogeneous movement manage to become an actor in the global age and against neoliberal ideology? How did this ‘will to become an actor’ translate in concrete terms? Responses drawn from empirical observation yielded paradoxical results. Here are four examples: 1. In the course of our research on alter-globalization youth, our interest was essentially focused on particular groups, observed in London, Paris and Mexico, as well as at the World Social Forums and numerous international mobilizations.

This is a major rupture with the movements of industrial society: ‘When we demonstrate that the new century and the new millennium are those of differences, we mark a fundamental rupture with what the 20th century was about: the great struggle of hegemonies’ (Subcomandante Marcos, interview in Michel & Escárzaga, 2001: 140). While a unified movement implies the existence of a central The Will to Become an Actor 27 power, the internal preservation of diversity relies on multiple, intersecting networks.

As D. Merklen explains (2009:149), the neighbourhood is often ‘the privileged location for the organization of solidarity efforts and cooperative initiatives, base for collective action and source of identification’. They are also spaces in which alternative practices can be experienced and the value of the conviviality of social relations re-established. Neighbourhood, city and community hence represent spaces of experience: places to experiment with new relationships and where alternatives are put into practice.

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