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Globalization As “Plunder”, “Exploitation” And “Ecoviolence”: A Causal Analysis

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Richard Westra's analysis is based on a Marxian understanding. Correct though it is, it is somewhat limited by the existence of Indigenous and local communities, which that perspective tends to view as collectives in transition to a more or less just future state. Bhupinder Chimni reinterprets “subaltern class†analysis to include “all oppressed and marginal groups in societyâ€, whatever the grounds of such divisions. This chapter examines Chimni's opposition in the next section. But it seems that the Marxian enterprise itself tends to marginalize the most significant aspects of oppressed groups: such third world communities represent the clearest and primary examples of resistance to neoliberal globalization. Their “backwardness†is not to be changed by revising their “forms of productionâ€: instead it may well be a conscious position combining distrust for Western technologies with a strong respect for the Earth and for the sacred within it.

Keywords: Bhupinder Chimni; globalization; Richard Westra



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