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Building global civil society 'from below'?

Chandler, David C. (2004) Building global civil society 'from below'? Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 33 (2). pp. 313-339. ISSN 0305-9298

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Whereas state-based political action is held to reinforce frameworks and hierarchies of exclusion, new social movements, said to constitute a global civil society 'from below', are seen to herald new forms of emancipatory political action that recognise and include diversity and build new forms of global 'counter-hegemonic' politics. This paper seeks to examine and challenge these claims. It suggests that, rather than expanding the sphere of inclusiveness, global civic activism tends to undermine community connections. This is because the political ethics it advocates are deeply corrosive of social engagement and prone to elitist rather than inclusive consequences. The argument that the individual should have no higher political allegiance beyond their own moral conscience merely reflects and legitimises the radical rejection of collective political engagement and its replacement by elite advocacy and personal solipsism.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1477-9021
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:1728
Deposited On:01 Jun 2006
Last Modified:04 Nov 2009 15:46

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