Contesting Globalization: Space and Place in the World by André C. Drainville

By André C. Drainville

Contesting Globalization makes an cutting edge and unique addition to the literature on globalization interpreting the demanding situations confronted through these wishing to increase revolutionary visions of obvious worldwide governance and civil society.

This new research heavily strains the historical past and improvement of the associations of world governance (The global financial institution, IMF, WTO etc.) in addition to the emergence of the anti-globalization circulate. the writer argues that we're at a special second the place social forces have moved from nationwide and foreign struggles to a world fight and intervention on this planet economic system.

A sequence of case experiences learn the ways that towns became contested websites for international struggles from the London dockworkers moves of the 19th century to the hot demonstrations opposed to the overseas monetary associations in Genoa, Seattle and Washington.

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When Robert Cox wrote this, the crisis of statecentred modes of regulation was only beginning (as we will see in Chapter 4), and social relations were still largely fixed to national social formations. 2 When they did look into global political relationships and institutions, problem-solving works usually studied them as places of little intrinsic significance, where politics was almost wholly derived from state-bound processes. Or else they busied themselves, à la Allisson and Aron, with micro-sociological studies of soldiers and diplomats working within the confines of a set world.

1992, 8) and unproblematized ‘sociological corollary to the internationalization of capital’ (Gill 1990, 37). By contrast, all that is contingent, relational and relative about global power is assumed to be contained within national social formations (seen here, as in mainstream sociology, as the defining space of capitalist accumulation). It is there, and not on the terrain of the world economy, that significant social relations are deemed to take place, that class and class power become more than things, that civil society exists as a true source and theatre of history, that globalization may ‘arouse oppositions that could strive to confound and reverse them’ (Cox 1987), that concepts of control become matters of political contention and that in the end, the terms and limits of hegemony are negotiated.

Lipschutz’s excellent study of environmental activism, for instance, what are essentially bound and contextualized case studies are wrapped within a broad, ideological discussion of something called ‘global civil society’ about which we know very little except that it does not exist in reality and cannot speak for itself but must be taken as the ensemble of reference (Lipschutz and Mayer 1996). In like manner, Robin Cohen and Shirin M. Rai’s accomplished anthology of the Global Social Movements literature (Cohen and Rai 2000a) begins and ends with an argument for a new form of global politics that is not actually carried in any chapter in the book, but rather is concerned with issue areas.

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