The entangled geographies of global justice networks

Cumbers, A., Routledge, P. and Nativel, C. (2008) The entangled geographies of global justice networks. Progress in Human Geography, 32(2), pp. 183-201. (doi: 10.1177/0309132507084818)

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The recent emergence of global justice networks (GJNs) to counter neoliberal globalization has been an important political and geographical phenomenon. Much has been written about the emergence of a new global civil society, centred upon a new `network' ontology. In engaging with these debates in this paper, our purpose is to develop a more critical spatial perspective. We argue that issues of space and place are critical in understanding the operation of GJNs and their potential to contribute to an alternative global politics. Spatially, the global linkages of GJNs can be seen as creating cultural and spatial configurations that connect places with each other in opposition to neoliberalism. However, the individual movements that comprise networks, while not necessarily place-restricted, remain heavily territorialized in their struggles. Additionally, networks evolve unevenly over space. Some groups and actors within them are able to develop extensive translocal connections and associations whereas others remain relatively more localized. Potential conflicts arise from such complex geographies, which only become evident through analysing the operation and evolution of different networks. This leads us to focus not solely on the transnational character of networks but also upon how the global is enacted through the localized practices of movements within them, in considering the potential for GJNs to form more sustainable political alternatives to neoliberalism.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Routledge, Dr Paul and Cumbers, Professor Andrew
Authors: Cumbers, A., Routledge, P., and Nativel, C.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Progress in Human Geography
ISSN (Online):1477-0288

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