By Geoffrey Pleyers

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

They suggest choices to Washington Consensus rules, enforce horizontal and participatory association types and advertise a nascent international public space.Rather than being anti-globalization, those activists have outfitted a really worldwide stream that has amassed 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 ebook analyses this all over the world circulate at the bases of in depth box study carried out in view that 1999.

Alter-Globalization presents a entire account of those serious 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 international?

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Directs the orientations of the action’ (Touraine, 2000: 271). Actors’ discourses must hence 14 Introduction not be taken at face value. Through analysis, we will seek to uncover the impossible in their aims, specifically investigating the limits of these projects, the structural contradictions, the distance between the achievements and espoused values of the movement, and how these actors differentiate and distance themselves from, or even pervert (cf. Wieviorka, 2003), the founding meanings of the alter-globalization movement.

As C. Tilly (2004: 90) stated, the globalization of the movement has produced both common elements – shared culture, practices and action models, such as Social Forums – and diversity, ‘because each region’s organizers found ways of integrating social movement strategies into local conditions’. Much empirical evidence indicates that the national level should not be underestimated. It remains deeply influential on the organization of global movements (Smith & Wiest, 2005; Tarrow, 2005) and on the way claims are framed (Della Porta & Tarrow, 2005).

But today, the world has changed. There is a new generation and now, it is possible. It is possible that people participate in choices as in Porto Alegre. It is possible to have independent media. . We are constructing an alternative to a culture which says that no other society is possible. Thus, while the omnipotence of the market and of economic globalization was proclaimed everywhere, with the corollary that states and, a fortiori, citizens had limited capacity to act, this protest movement insisted that globalization had not vitiated social agency.

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