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Another World Is Possible: Mobilizing For Global Justice

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Globalization has not only created vast profits and transformed the nature of contemporary life but has created major social disruptions, stresses, strains, and hardships starting with declining wages for industrial workers and many service workers in the advanced countries. The problems generated by globalization transcend national boundaries and cannot be addressed by national actors; therefore, new kinds of global social movements are necessary to meet the new kinds of challenges. The author suggests that for (some) Global Justice Movements, the concerns with culture and identity are more salient, and indeed such pursuits may be detrimental to the material gains of its members. As such, Global Justice Movements are a particular kind of New Social Movement. The New Social Movement perspective emphasizes the cultural nature of the new movements and views them as struggles by active agents seeking control over the production of meanings/values and the constitution of new collective identities.

Keywords: collective identities; cultural identification; global justice mobilizations; New Social Movements



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