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By Saskia Sassen

This groundbreaking learn specializes in the value of position, scale, and state to the examine of globalization. Sassen identifies units of methods that make up globalization: the 1st and ordinarily studied set of procedures is worldwide associations, from the global alternate association to the conflict Crime Tribunals; the moment and no more usually explored set of strategies happen on the nationwide and neighborhood point, together with kingdom financial coverage, small-scale activism that has an specific or implicit worldwide schedule, and native politics. Emphasizing the interaction among international and native phenomena, Sassen insightfully examines new varieties and stipulations equivalent to worldwide towns, transnational groups, and commodity chains. This certain method of globalization deals new interpretive and analytic instruments to appreciate the complexity of worldwide interdependence. Sociology of Globalization is half of the modern Societies sequence.

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There has also been some effort to integrate Foucauldian insights on surveillance and disciplining (Gill 2003). g. Gill 2003: 211–21). However, neo-Gramscianism has not, to my knowledge, gained currency amongst activists. g. Starr 2000) or on a more structuralist, reductive version of Marxism that depicts globalisation as driven by changes in the mode and relations of production and as generating political forms that reflect class conflict and struggle. g. 2002c). g. Bircham and Charlton 2001; Callinicos 2003a).

I have insisted throughout the chapter that the movement has diverse and shifting identities and that attempts to ‘fix’ its identity in ways that discourage diversity should be resisted. This is for epistemological 34 Catherine Eschle as well as political reasons: the diverse voices within the movement generate distinctive insights about the operations of power and resistance in different contexts, and democratic dialogue between those voices needs to be encouraged to gain a fuller picture of reality and to build stronger oppositional struggles (Collins 2000).

Evidently, representations of the movement by external actors have political implications and can act as a spur to new identity constructions by movement activists. This brings me to the possibility that academic analyses may also play a role in movement construction. Indeed, Alex Callinicos argues that ‘[o]ne reason we can talk about a global movement is that it has found ideological articulation in a body of critical writing produced by a variety of intellectuals’ (2003a: 9, emphasis in original).

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