Whither the Global Justice Movement?

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Title Whither the Global Justice Movement?
Author Curran, Giorel
Publication Title Sociology for a mobile world TASA 2006
Editor Val Colic-Peisker,The Australian Association of Australia (TASA)
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Sociological Association of Australia (TASA)
Abstract The large anti-WTO protests in Seattle in 1999 announced the anti-globalisation, or global justice, movement's dramatic entry to the global politics of dissent. Subsequent anti-summit protests over the next few years also attracted considerable support. However, by as early as 2001, especially after one of the largest protests in Genoa saw a protestor killed, nervous questions were beginning to be asked about both the viability and longevity of this form of oppositional politics. Certainly in 2006, the global justice movement is generally viewed as, at best, considerably diminished or, at worst, a spent force. But this paper argues that to evaluate the 'movement' in these terms is to misrepresent and misunderstand it. Rather than a singular movement, the global justice movement is in reality a 'movement of movements' – a diverse collection of independent, autonomous and local groups who have come together for some big global protests but who retain localised and distinct social change commitments. These localised commitments do not necessarily mirror the visual feast of large global rallies and hence attract limited media attention. Even so, the 'movement' continues to retain its momentum through the global justice principles it helped launch – principles that now increasingly cohere in the anti-war movement.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tasa.org.au/conference/2006/
Alternative URI http://www.tasa.org.au
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2006. The attached file is reproduced here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to TASA website or contact the author.
ISBN 1-74052-139-0
Conference name Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association: Sociology for a Mobile World
Location University of Western Australia
Date From 2006-12-04
Date To 2006-12-07
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13236
Date Accessioned 2007-02-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Political Science
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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