The Globalization Protest Movement in Comparative Perspective

Bruce Podobnik, Thomas E. Reifer


Throughout the history of the modern world-system, projects of globalization promoted by world elites have been met with resistance from people on the ground whose livelihoods have often been threatened. As the geographic scale of global capitalism has expanded, and its penetration into daily life has deepened, the scale and intensity of resistance to this system has grown as well. Local e?orts to protect traditional ways of life, for instance, have evolved into national campaigns for union protections and then into international movements for stronger labor, human rights, and environmental protections. Today, as global elites push for the ?nal incorporation of all regions into a single capitalist system based on neoliberal principles, they are being met by an unexpectedly resilient, far-reaching, and multi-faceted coalition of resistance. Whatever it may be calledthe anti-globalization movement, the global solidarity movement, or the globalization protest movementit is clear that this anti-systemic movement has emerged as an important challenger to the dominance of global capital over the contemporary world.

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