Globalizing collective identities: from the global justice movement to the "global wave"

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Abstract

From the Battle of Seattle to the Iceland Saucepan Revolution, and from the 'Arab Spring' to Gezi Park, we live in an age of globalized social movement activism. A distinct body of literature examining the relationship between globalization and social movements has emerged in response, covering two distinct periods of mobilization: the 'anti-globalization' or 'global justice' movement as it became known, from the 1990s and early 2000s, and the 'global wave' of protest since 2011. Intriguingly, both sets of mobilization are frequently postioned as post-identity, or more specifically as post-identity politics. In this chapter, we seek not only to condemn the broad-brush condemnation of 'identity politics', but also, more generally, to defend the category of identity, and particularly of collective identity, in the context of the study of contemporary activism. Moreover, we hope to demonstrate that approaching the global justice movement and the global wave through the lens of collective identity enables us to paint a more expansive empirical picture of both, revealing that they are not so much transcendent of identity, as doing distinctive forms of 'identity work'.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Identity Studies
EditorsAnthony Elliott
Place of PublicationOxon
Chapter23
Pages392-404
Number of pages13
Edition2nd
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks
PublisherRoutledge

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Keywords

  • global justice movement
  • collective identity
  • activism
  • justice
  • mobilization
  • globalisation
  • politics
  • social movements
  • protest

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Eschle, C., & Alexander, K. (2019). Globalizing collective identities: from the global justice movement to the "global wave". In A. Elliott (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies (2nd ed., pp. 392-404). (Routledge International Handbooks). Oxon.
Eschle, Catherine ; Alexander, Kirsty. / Globalizing collective identities : from the global justice movement to the "global wave". Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies. editor / Anthony Elliott. 2nd. ed. Oxon, 2019. pp. 392-404 (Routledge International Handbooks).
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Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies. ed. / Anthony Elliott. 2nd. ed. Oxon, 2019. p. 392-404 (Routledge International Handbooks).

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