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Globalization and Postmodern Politics – From Zapatistas to High–Tech Robber Barons

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Lingua: Inglese

Pluto Press

Pubblicazione: 01/2001


Globalization and Postmodern Politics" argues that a major shift is occurring with globalization and the advent of postmodern politics. The book beings with an overview of globalization, showing how wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a transnational elite while ever increasing numbers of people are being marginalized. Institutions such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund are intent upon exercising a new hegemony over individuals as the role of the traditional nation state is transformed. At the center of this power shift is a group of high-tech robber barons who dominate the Information Age and exploit the technologies of globalization for their own narrow interests. The second part of the book explores the rise of the new grass roots opposition movements around the world. Manifest in such diverse struggles as the uprising of the Zapatistas in Mexico and the battle of Seattle against the World Trade Organization, this new postmodern politics is "de- centered" and has little interest in the old ideologies that dominated much of the twentieth century. In order to participate in the "virtual global revolution" that is underway, those advocating for change must abandon old political paradigms. The transition from global capitalism to democratized societies and economies will occur much as the transition from feudalism to capitalism occurred - it will be a long term process in which radical actions and activities take hold in the midst of the current world order.The final section of the book contextualizes postmodern politics by drawing on contemporary examples. The authors discuss the demise of socialist and proto-socialist experiments inChile, Grenada, Nicaragua and Cuba and the emergence of postmodern movements in Latin America. The final two chapters take a specific look at the Zapatista movement and its significance for revolutionary struggles around the world

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 221 x 18 x 141 mm Ø 312 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Pagine Arabe: 184

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