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Alternative Globalizations: An Integrative Approach to Studying Dissident Knowledge in the Global Justice Movement
(2010)
  • Dr S A Hamed Hosseini
Abstract
Are the growing oppositions to neoliberal market globalism (especially in the aftermath of global economic meltdown) able to develop meaningful alternative ideologies? Is there any substantial alternative to the world capitalist system on the horizon? How would the ideologies and ideas address the dire dilemmas of economy vs. ecology, redistribution vs. recognition, global vs. local, reform vs. revolution etc.? This book answers such important questions by examining the intellectual structure of the so-called ‘anti-globalization’ or ‘global justice’ movement. It explores the formation and transformation of ideas, identities, and solidarities in the movement. The book also develops an analytical model to explain the movement’s ideational novelties and continuities in terms of both activist social experiences and global social changes. Hosseini develops new sociological concepts, integrates opposing theoretical perspectives into one approach, and addresses the gap between critical theories and activist practices. Through this endeavor, he discovers an emerging mode of consciousness which is characterized by its cross-identity and cross-ideological nature. This is a live but quiet global revolution. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, this gourd-breaking volume will be of interest to students and scholars of global studies, political sciences, sociology and social movement studies. "Alternative Globalizations" contributes to a series edited by Prof. Barry Gills; the series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalization and its academic and popular understanding. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, this ground breaking volume will be of interest to students and scholars of global studies, political sciences, sociology and social movement studies. The book explores the formation and transformation of ideas, identities, and solidarities in the global opposition to the corporate-led globalization and its ideological basis, neo-liberalism. The book examines the capacity of the movement for developing alternative ideas, identities, solidarities, and rationalities. It is of interest to students and scholars of global and international studies, international relations, sociology, political sciences, social psychology, as well as courses on particular themes such as globalization, global social movements, and global consciousness. The importance and originality of the book is reflected in the reviewers assessment of its initial manuscript and proposal: This must be considered as a monograph but it does not, as such, confine itself to researchers and teachers. Although a theoretical work about ideas it is written in clear language, well structured, and should therefore be accessible to at least advanced students, as well as to interested intellectuals in and around the movements under consideration. The work is original in its address to the ideas of the movement(s), as well as in its own theoretical approach..A brilliant and path breaking work. Should be appropriately puffed, promoted and launched. It will do the series and publisher credit. The other reviewer: it is mainly an important text, as I said, for theory development both in transnational social movement theory, and social theory.... author has summarized his theoretical contribution very well, as well as citing the literature..."
Keywords
  • Global Social Movements,
  • Global Justice,
  • Activist Knowledge,
  • Activism,
  • Transnational Social Movements,
  • Globalization,
  • Alter-Globalization,
  • Anti-Globalization,
  • Globalism
Publication Date
2010
Publisher
Routledge
Series
Rethinking Globalizations
ISBN
978-0-415-49476-2
Citation Information
Dr S A Hamed Hosseini. Alternative Globalizations: An Integrative Approach to Studying Dissident Knowledge in the Global Justice Movement. 1Abingdon, UKVol. 24 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/h_hosseini/1/