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Networking Futures: The Movements Against Corporate Globalizationby Jeffrey S. Juris
Synopses & Reviews
Since the first worldwide protests inspired by Peoplesandrsquo; Global Action (PGA)andmdash;including the mobilization against the November 1999 World Trade Organization meetings in Seattleandmdash;antiandndash;corporate globalization activists have staged direct action protests against multilateral institutions in cities such as Prague, Barcelona, Genoa, and Cancun. Barcelona is a critical node, as Catalan activists have played key roles in the more radical PGA network and the broader World Social Forum process. In 2001 and 2002, the anthropologist Jeffrey S. Juris participated in the Barcelona-based Movement for Global Resistance, one of the most influential antiandndash;corporate globalization networks in Europe. Combining ethnographic research and activist political engagement, Juris took part in hundreds of meetings, gatherings, protests, and online discussions. Those experiences form the basis of Networking Futures, an innovative ethnography of transnational activist networking within the movements against corporate globalization.
In an account full of activist voices and on-the-ground detail, Juris provides a history of antiandndash;corporate globalization movements, an examination of their connections to local dynamics in Barcelona, and an analysis of movement-related politics, organizational forms, and decision-making. Depicting spectacular direct action protests in Barcelona and other cities, he describes how far-flung activist networks are embodied and how networking politics are performed. He further explores how activists have used e-mail lists, Web pages, and free software to organize actions, share information, coordinate at a distance, and stage andldquo;electronic civil disobedience.andrdquo; Based on a powerful cultural logic, antiandndash;corporate globalization networks have become models of and for emerging forms of radical, directly democratic politics. Activists are not only responding to growing poverty, inequality, and environmental devastation; they are also building social laboratories for the production of alternative values, discourses, and practices.
An ethnographic account of transnational networking and political organizing among anti-corporate globalization activists, particularly in Barcelona.
An innovative ethnography of transnational activist networking within the movements against corporate globalization.
About the Author
Jeffrey S. Juris is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Tables ix
Introduction: The Cultural Logic of Networking 1
1. The Seattle Effect 27
2. Anti-Corporate Globalization Soldiers in Barcelona 61
3. Grassroots Mobilization and Shifting Alliances 93
4. Performing Networks at Direct-Action Protests 123
5. Spaces of Terror: Violence and Repression in Genoa 161
6. May the Resistance Be as Transnational as Capital! 199
7. Social Forums and the Cultural Politics of Autonomous Space 233
8. The Rise of Independent Utopics 267
Conclusion: Political Change and Cultural Transformation in a Digital Age 287
Appendix 1: Electronic Resources 303
Appendix 2: Pink and Silver Call, Genoa, July 20, 2001 305
Appendix 3: Peoples' Global Action Organisational Principles 307
Appendix 4: World Social Forum Charter of Principles 311
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