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

By André C. Drainville

This booklet is an leading edge and unique addition to the literature on globalization which examines the demanding situations confronted by means of these wishing to advance revolutionary visions of obvious worldwide governance and civil society. the writer lines the background and improvement of the associations of worldwide governance (The global financial institution, IMF, WTO and so on) in addition to the emergence of the anti-globalization circulation. the writer argues that we're at a distinct second the place social forces have moved from nationwide and foreign struggles to a world fight and intervention on this planet financial system.

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Only works informed by critical theory that did not ‘take institutions and social power relations for granted but call[ed] them into question’ looked to global relationships and institutions as relatively autonomous loci of power, where terms of global order could be defined and limits to political possibilities set (Cox 1986b, 88). A generation later, numerous international institutions are addressing global problems and labouring to devise strategies ‘to bring more orderly and reliable responses to social and political issues that go beyond the capacities of states to address individually’ (Gordenker and Weiss 1996, 17).

In the first part of the chapter we review key moments in the history of ‘left internationalism’ from the 1840s to the Bretton Woods crisis. In the second part we take our first measure of contemporary happenings. Specifically, we characterize the contemporary movement of social forces as a collection of campaign-centred movements that are both (i) increasingly linked to one another by transnational institutions, and (ii) grounded by, and constitutive of, a sense of place. In Chapter 4 we will look into global neoliberalism as a mode of social relations to the world economy.

Because of administrative and family responsibilities, and because of the exigencies of funding institutions in Canada – that give little to scholars who want to raise their own questions independently of the strategic priorities of the state – this book was a long time in the making. I began writing it in 1998, an epoch ago. Some events discussed here are more dated than I would have wished, others are more recent, but not as well digested as they could be. The resulting book, of course, risks not being as well received by the immense industry of rigorous and perfectly apolitical scholars who work in the field of international relations than if I had confined myself to a smaller domain within the boundaries of normal science.

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