‘Alter-Globalization’ and Social Movements: Towards Understanding Transnational Politicization

  • Martin Weber
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Over the past decade or so, we have witnessed the ascendancy of new forms of transnational solidarization, politicization and developments of social consciousness, as well as the by now well established channels of engagement involving NGOs, national governments and international organizations. From the ‘Battle in Seattle’ through the ‘Global Carnival’ to the global and regional Social Forum movements, it has become clear that a different type of political challenge is in formation from the kind anticipated in much of the globalization literature, which stipulated reform and a gradual democratization of existing institutions based on the increasing involvement of an emergent ‘global civil society’. While the counterhegemonic thrust of the ‘alter-globalization’ constellation may not be articulated in the form of a ‘coherent project’, it deploys features of an alternative ‘universalizing discourse’ compared with the dominant one lodged in the expansion and entrenchment of modernity characterized by capitalist-liberal states.


Civil Society Social Movement Public Sphere Public Reason Political Agency 
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