Democratic Eco-Socialism as a Real Utopia: Transitioning to an Alternative World System

Democratic Eco-Socialism as a Real Utopia: Transitioning to an Alternative World System

Books, Hans Baer

A/Prof. Hans Baer

As global population growth continues to skyrocket, increasingly strained resources have made one thing clear: the desperate need for an alternative to capitalism. In Democratic Eco-Socialism as a Real Utopia, Hans Baer outlines the urgent need to reevaluate historical definitions of socialism, commit to social equality and justice, and prioritize environmental sustainability. Democratic Eco-socialism, as he terms it, is a system capable of mobilizing people around the world, albeit in different ways, to prevent on-going human socio-economic and environmental degradation, and anthropogenic climate change.

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Global Civil Society and Transversal Hegemony

Global Civil Society and Transversal Hegemony

Books, Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley

This book provides a conceptual history of global civil society and a critical examination of the politics of resistance in the global political economy. It uses a dialectical method of analysis to illustrate the conceptual stasis of mainstream approaches to questions of globalization and contestation, while demonstrating the potential of a Gramscian approach to reconstitute hegemony as a key analytical and explanatory tool. Buckley offers insight to the movements of transversal hegemony and existent and anticipated modes of social relation through the case studies of the World Social Forum and the World People’s Conference on Climate Change.

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Alternative Globalizations

Alternative Globalizations

Books, S A Hamed Hosseini

S A Hamed Hosseini

Are the growing oppositions to neoliberal market globalism (especially in the aftermath of global economic meltdown) able to develop meaningful alternative ideologies? Is there any substantial alternative to the world capitalist system on the horizon? How would the ideologies and ideas address the dire dilemmas of economy vs. ecology, redistribution vs. recognition, global vs. local, reform vs. revolution etc.?

This book answers such important questions by examining the intellectual structure of the so-called ‘anti-globalization’ or ‘global justice’ movement. It explores the formation and transformation of ideas, identities, and solidarities in the movement. The book also develops an analytical model to explain the movement’s ideational novelties and continuities in terms of both activist social experiences and global social changes.

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Climate Action Upsurge The Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics

Climate Action Upsurge The Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics

Books, James Goodman, Stuart Rosewarne

Stuart Rosewarne, James Goodman, Rebecca Pearse

In the late 2000s climate action became a defining feature of the international political agenda. Evidence of global warming and accelerating greenhouse gas emissions created a new sense of urgency and, despite consensus on the need for action, the growing failure of international climate policy engendered new political space for social movements. By 2007 a ‘climate justice’ movement was surfacing and developing a strong critique of existing official climate policies and engaging in new forms of direct action to assert the need for reduced extraction and burning of fossil fuels. Climate Action Upsurge offers an insight into this important period in climate movement politics, drawing on the perspectives of activists who were directly engaged in the mobilisation process.

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Take Back the Economy An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities

Take Back the Economy An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities

Books, Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron, and Stephen Healy

Take Back the Economy dismantles the idea that the economy is separate from us and best comprehended by experts, demonstrating that the economy is the outcome of the decisions and efforts we make every day. Full of exercises and inspiring examples from around the world, it shows how people can implement small-scale changes in their own lives to create ethical economies.

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Eco-sufficiency and Global Justice Women Write Political Ecology

Eco-sufficiency and Global Justice Women Write Political Ecology

Ariel Salleh, Books

Ariel Salleh (Editor)

As the twenty-first century faces a crisis of democracy and sustainability, this book attempts to bring academics and alternative globalisation activists into conversation. Through studies of global neoliberalism, ecological debt, climate change, and the ongoing devaluation of reproductive and subsistence labour, these uncompromising essays by internationally distinguished women thinkers expose the limits of current scholarship in political economy, ecological economics, and sustainability science. The book introduces groundbreaking theoretical concepts for talking about humanity-nature links and will be a challenging read for activists and for students of political economy, environmental ethics, global studies, sociology, women’s studies, and critical geography.

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Modern Monetary Theory and Practice: An Introductory Text

Modern Monetary Theory and Practice: An Introductory Text

Books, William F. Mitchell

Prof W F Mitchell (Author), Prof L R Wray (Contributor), Prof M J Watts (Contributor)

The Global Financial Crisis demonstrated beyond any doubt the poverty of the mainstream, free-market economic approach that is almost universally taught in university courses around the world. The failure of the system to self-regulate exemplified what Marx, Keynes, Kalecki and other heterodox economists have known for a long time – that the Capitalist system is inherently unstable and requires strong government oversight.

This text goes further though because it is the first teaching program based on what is now known as Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), which has emerged over the last two decades and now presents itself as the only viable body of macroeconomic thought that can not only detail the operational realities of the monetary systems that nations employ but also explain why the mainstream approach is inherently misleading and erroneous.

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Constructing Twenty-First Century Socialism in Latin America: The Role of Radical Education

Constructing Twenty-First Century Socialism in Latin America: The Role of Radical Education

Books, Sara Motta

Authors: Motta, S., Cole, M.

Motta and Cole explore the role of the politics of knowledge and pedagogy in the reinvention of socialism for the twenty-first century. Through a critical analysis of Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela they deconstruct the mechanisms of neoliberal control as an epistemological project of monologue, closure, and violence against all ‘others’. The authors develop an affirmative engagement with the traditions, practices, and politics which seek to challenge this closure through the policies of the counter-hegemonic government of Venezuela, the struggles of social movements in Brazil and Colombia, and the daily resistance of critical educators working in formal educational settings in all three countries. This mapping and analysis not only contribute to struggles for alternatives to capitalism in Latin America, but are translatable to other contexts.

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The Great Eurozone Disaster From Crisis to Global New Deal

The Great Eurozone Disaster From Crisis to Global New Deal

Books, Heikki Patomaki

Heikki Patomaki (Translated by James O’Connor)

With Greece, Portugal and Ireland already driven to the brink of economic catastrophe, and the threat that a number of other EU countries are soon to follow, the consequences for the global economy are potentially dire. In The Great Eurozone Disaster, Heikki Patomäki dissects the current crisis, revealing its origins lie in the instability that has driven the process of financialisation since the early 1970s. Providing a captivating narrative about how Europe ended up in its present predicament, Patomäki presents a radical new vision for ‘global economic democracy’ as the only viable way out of the current crisis.

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Rising Powers and South-South Cooperation

Rising Powers and South-South Cooperation

Barry Gills, Books

Edited by Kevin Gray, Barry K Gills

This book examines the extent to which a space has opened up in recent years for the so-called “rising powers” of the global South to offer an alternative to contemporary global economic and political governance through emergent forms of South-South cooperation. Contributions to this volume address the question of whether such engagement, particularly on a “South-South” basis, can be categorised as a “win-win” relationship, or whether we are already seeing the emergence of new forms of competitive rivalry and neo-dependency in action. What kind of theoretical approaches and conceptual tools do we need to best answer such questions?

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