Globalization from Below
-significant groups across the globe that organize in order to presenbt a different vision of
globalization…”another world is possible”. It counters the normal corporate led
-it is tough and difficult…but not nesc possible.
-quite possible and likely citizens can reshape globalization around different values.
-what we are observing is an effort to link up grass root organizations…resistance is
emerging from diverse points
-some started 20-30 years ago planning “run away plans” for factories that moved
out of Canada and went to like Mexico…so unions and workers saw themselves
affected and tried doing something about it
-we saw efforts across borders trying to organize to oppose these free trade
-so you had trade unions, anti sweatshops, child labor, etc
Theres been the emergence of indigenous movements across the globe that no longer
remain restricted to politics within their nations but have created transnational
movements across the globe….
Companies started invading indig territories for resources…sacred sites etc needed to be
protected. Some of these movements started making alliances with others in the global
south and north as people understood that the environmental concerns of others may be
linked to the problems of the south…this helped bring enviromentalists etc together with
those trying to protect indigenous rights.
-theyre identifying commonalities and shared interests…this helps them think in a more
Have been able to overcome the dichotomies that used to pit the north vs the south.
What many have in common is that they oppose neoliberal globalization…it’s a
globalization of solidarity
There is a double dimension. They are complex and contradictory. but important. First is
what we can call the reactive dimension. And every movement has it. So it is driven by
what the movement opposes/does not like….such as the hatred of Mubarak in Egypt. One is the reactive dimension…
-it has an “anti dimension”, as explained above
-often easier to oppose dictators than to replace