Power, Profit, and Protest: Australian Social Movements and Globalisation

Power, Profit, and Protest: Australian Social Movements and Globalisation

Power, Profit, and Protest: Australian Social Movements and Globalisation

Power, Profit, and Protest: Australian Social Movements and Globalisation

Synopsis

Mapping the development of social movements in the Australian political landscape--from feminism and Aboriginal rights to the new antiglobalization movement--this book argues that corporate globalization has threatened or transformed established social movements and sparked powerful new forms of social protest. The emergence of anticapitalist and anticorporate activism is analyzed, and the profound challenges posed by this newest of social movements to the state, to society in general, and to the labor movement in particular are outlined.

Excerpt

World bank caves in to protesters. global utopia to begin immediately.

Such is not the stuff of which headlines are made. the satirical newspaper, The Chaser, continued with this report:

In a major victory for the opponents of the global capitalist oligarchy, the World Bank's intransigent resistance to the will of the people collapsed today, following a concerted campaign of marches and demonstrations, ‘guerilla gardening’, riots, counterhegemonic T-shirts and carefully drafted letters to selected daily newspapers … At simultaneous press conferences, the World Bank and [World Trade Organisation] announced a joint initiative to ‘dismantle the world military-industrial complex’ in favour of a ‘more gentle world which respects values of . . .

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