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An international political economy of work

Bringing fresh insights to the contemporary globalization debate, this text reveals the social and political contests that give ‘global’ its meaning, by examining the contested nature of globalization as it is expressed in the restructuring of work. The book rejects conventional explanations of globalization as a process that automatically leads to transformations in working lives, or as a project that is strategically designed to bring about lean and flexible forms of production, and advances an understanding of the social practices that constitute global change. Through case studies that span from the labour flexibility debates in Britain and Germany to the strategies and tactics of corporations and workers, it examines how globalization is interpreted and experienced in everyday life and argues that contestation has become a central feature of the practices that enable or confound global restructuring.

-capitalists, capitalism, globalisation and trans-national corporations are the adversaries most regularly cited. Social anarchists target similar enemies. More importantly, both social anarchists and anti-capitalists stress that a cartography of power relations does not yield a map in which there is one dominant epicentre of power. Anti-capitalism and poststructuralist anarchism 25 Anarchists, old and new alike, insist that power relations saturate multiple networks and must be resisted accordingly. Arguments against hierarchy, inequality and against capitalism itself are abundant

in Changing anarchism
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Rethinking anarchist strategies

fruitful, as argued elsewhere in this volume by Jamie Heckert (chapter 5), to pursue issue-based rather than identity-based political change. Likewise, in order to facilitate inclusiveness, it might well be the case that sometimes we have to adopt forms of action which are not ones we would ideally pursue, and to avoid alienating people with inappropriate ideas, rhetoric and tactics. For instance, socialisation and fear in Britain and Western Europe in recent years has led to often extremely hostile attitudes towards ‘asylum seekers’ which calls for considerable

in Changing anarchism
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Monstrous markets – neo-liberalism, populism and the demise of the public university

call the ‘eclipse of the public’ is a necessary consequence of the complexity of modern societies that increasingly requires organised expertise of various kinds. In consequence, ‘expert opinion’ would replace ‘public opinion’ and democracy would necessarily be attenuated. Lippmann anticipated that expert opinion would operate in conjunction with the state and economic corporations and, in effect, would be ‘coproduced’ by them. However, it is significant that Lippmann also prefigured what would become another part of the neo-liberal solution; namely, the shift of

in Science and the politics of openness
Reflections on contemporary anarchism, anti-capitalism and the international scene

meeting is heavily sealed off. The demonstration organises itself in different sections, identified by colours denoting the different tactics. For example, the Yellow section consists mainly of the Italian Tute Bianche and the Pink and Silver section consists of a samba band, then recently formed in London, with dancers and people mainly from Britain’s Earth First! and Reclaim the Streets network. One participant describes the Pink and Silver section as ‘like marching along the streets with the contents of your local nightclub crossed with It’s a Knockout and an anarcho

in Changing anarchism
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How anarchism still matters

a certain extent reproduced on a micro-sociological level, yet in some political cultures, such as those of large northern English cities, issues of tactics, joint participation in actions and the sharing of resources were much more complex (Purkis, 2001). This relationship of dialogue between different movement cultures – one anarchist, the other not – eventually resulted in the decentralist direct action politics of Earth First! and other radical environmental networks actually beginning to influence the direction of their more moderate counterparts. By the late

in Changing anarchism
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understand some basic problems and potentialities – both in the lives of individuals and in corporations and public organizations. Surprisingly, there is still a lack of research in this field. (For an overview of earlier research, see Czarniawska and Löfgren, 2012.) In our project, we looked at the various shapes and forms of overflows, and the different functions they serve. It is a transdisciplinary research project, and its participants have explored a wide range of cases using a variety of field techniques. Our research team included management scholars, ethnologists

in Overwhelmed by overflows?

American Meteorological Society, 77: 9, September 1996, pp. 1961–6, where all the correspondence in The Wall Street Journal on this occasion is reprinted. For a more detailed account of this incident, see Skodvin, 2000b: 215–19. 21 E. Masood, ‘Climate report “subject to scientific cleansing”’, Nature, 381, 13 June 1996, p. 546. 22 E. Masood, ‘Companies cool to tactics of global warming lobby’, Nature, 383, 10 October 1996, p. 470. 23 Personal communication with Brian P. Flannery and Gary F. Ehlig, ExxonMobil Corporation, Irving, Texas, March 2000; Gerry Matthews, Shell

in Climate change and the oil industry
The Pony Express at the Diamond Jubilee

of industry public relations was likely more important than that of ‘authentic’ historical chronicle. Despite Forman’s extensive research on the ‘lost’ Pony Express story, he shared screenplay credit with the head of Paramount’s scenario department, Walter Woods. Moreover, director James Cruze – described in one contemporary biographical sketch as having ‘a corporation and

in Memory and popular film
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the West is imposing its values on countries with different historical, philosophical, cultural and political roots. But also real concerns that this thing called globalization is really impinging on sovereignty, or political self-determination. What point is there in voting for one party or another if the fundamental economic strategy of whichever government is elected is shaped by the IMF and the World Bank, or by the investment EAST ASIA 177 and disinvestment strategies of major external corporations and investment brokers? In this respect, there is a real

in Democratization through the looking-glass