By Geoffrey Pleyers
Opposite to the typical view that globalization undermines social company, 'alter-globalization activists', that's, those that contest globalization in its neo-liberal shape, have built new how you can turn into actors within the international age.
They suggest choices to Washington Consensus rules, enforce horizontal and participatory association versions and advertise a nascent worldwide public space.Rather than being anti-globalization, those activists have equipped a very worldwide circulate that has amassed voters, devoted 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 ebook analyses this world wide circulate at the bases of intensive box examine carried out when you consider that 1999.
Alter-Globalization offers a finished account of those severe worldwide forces and their makes an attempt to reply 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 an international global?
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Finally, youth ‘alter-activists’ also highly value diversity, whether it concerns culture, sexual orientations or each activist’s individual specificities. Diversity is performed in their demonstrations and carnivalesque parades, where the strength of the collective arises from the individuals’ differences and initiatives (see part 2). This valorization of diversity also constitutes a recurring argument evoked by alter-globalization activists to distinguish themselves from, and to oppose, communalism, fundamentalism or nationalism as well as neoliberalism: ‘In the face of market and quantitative homogenization of the world, in the face of false capitalist universalisms, we want to reaffirm the richness represented by cultural diversity and the unique contribution of each people, each culture, each individual’;11 ‘We are fighting against hegemonic thinking (pensée unique).
To say, “No, I want to struggle, I want to have an impact, I want to try to influence decisions, even in a small way” ’ (interview, 2000). Two paths of a movement Along with other actors, alter-globalization has contributed to a profound shift in dominant approaches to political economy and to the transition to a global society. 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?
This has been the central message of demonstrations around the world carried out under the banners of this movement, which has declared that ‘another world is possible’. This central meaning is the starting point of the unity among alter-globalization actors and events on all continents, though neither individuals nor organizations are identical. From this perspective, the unity of the movement is not in the least incompatible with a heterogeneity of its actors. A. Touraine (1978: 124) reminds that ‘we sometimes forget, in speaking about the workers’ movement, that it is embodied by unions, parties, cooperatives and mutual aid organizations’.
Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in a Global Age by Geoffrey Pleyers