“How to get from here to there?” – Alternative knowledge production, mobilization, and counter-hegemonic globalization2 min read
Book Review by Thomas Muhr
“How to get from here to there?” – Alternative knowledge production, mobilization, and counter-hegemonic globalization. William K. Carroll’s Expose, Oppose, Propose: Alternative Policy Groups and the Struggle for Global Justice. Socialist Studies/Études Socialistes, 14(1) (2019)
The organic crisis of hegemonic neoliberal globalization, manifested in aggravated uneven development condensed with ecological unsustainability, requires systemic transformation towards justice globalism. William Carroll’s distinguished 4-year research project integrates network analysis with qualitative interviewing to depict a rich picture of the contribution of counter-hegemonic knowledge production and mobilization by transnational alternative policy groups (TAPGs) to such an emancipatory alternative future. Grounded in thorough data analysis, dialogue between neo-Gramscian methodology and the empirical makes this book an indispensable resource for proponents of global justice as it overcomes the disempowering voluntaristic localism and anti-statism that underlies much of both mainstream and critical approaches to “progressive” social transformation.