By Ruth Reitan
Routledge – 2008 – 338 pages
Series: Rethinking Globalizations
This comprehensive study traces the transnationalization of activist networks, analyzing their changing compositions and characters and examining the roles played by the World Social Forum in this process.
Comparing four of the largest global networks targeting the 'neoliberal triumvirate' of the World Bank, the IMF and the World Trade Organization:
Written by a scholar-activist, the book highlights that despite their diversity, these collective actors follow a similar globalizing path and that networks in which solidarity is based on a shared identity perceived as threatened by neoliberal change are gaining strength. Social forums are depicted as a fertile ground to strengthen networks and a common ground for cooperative action among them, but also a battleground over the future of the forum process, the global anti-neoliberal struggle, and 'other possible worlds' in the making.
Global Activism will appeal to students and scholars interested in globalization, international relations, IPE and social movements.
1. The Globalization of Neoliberalism and of Activism: An Introduction 2. Global Activism: Methodology and Scholarly Review 3. Toward Jubilee 2000 and Beyond 4. Our World Is Not for Sale 5. Via Campesina 6. Zapatista-Inspired Peoples’ Global Action 7. Concluding Reflections on Present and Future Scholarship and Activism
Ruth Reitan is Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Miami’s Department of International Studies, USA.