11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2002
Although globalization is an inevitable force thoughout modernity we can have a voice in how globalization is enacted. As citizens of the global community, we do not have to sit back and be content with the pathway of globalization that is defined by such global organizations as the WTO and the IMF in addition to transnational corporations and the American government.
"Globalization from Below" investigates the emergence of the anti-globalization social movement that targets the negative actions and consequences of various institutions and corporations in their effort to increase their profits and power. Unlike other social movements the anti-globalization movement is unique because it consists of a multitude of social agendas ranging anywhere from environmental to labor rights causes. Although they have differential agendas together they strive for the same objective of returning to a democracy of business decisions made by institutions that don't favor the status of the wealthy minority. The true promises of globalization never became realized. Instead social problems are increasingly becoming more intensified. The disparity between the rich and poor grows larger and the environment is under constant attack. Due to the decline of national power many previous hard-fought laws and regulations protecting consumers and workers are being overruled by global treaties and trade agreements. The influence of global capital and unregulated markets puts both humans and the planet in danger. In the midst of the rapid acceleration of globalization within the past century basic human rights often take a back seat.
This book is a good introduction to the anti-globalization social movement that continues to gain more momentum as individuals become increasingly aware of the dire and drastic consequences of the current trajectory of globalization. It's a short read but well worth it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2004
Though I really like the points brought out by this book, and Ithink they are very valid, they are continually repeated throughout. I think just having 10 pages or less would have given the same message. After reading the book front to back, I don't think all the pages needed to be wasted repeating and reiterating what was already very clear in the first chapter.
on December 11, 2014
Good, with reservations.
My Dad, who had a good union job, was able to provide for our family with the wages and benefits the union helped him get. As a UPS employee in 1997, I had no problem with going out on the 16-day nationwide strike. I thought we deserved better pay raises and more full time jobs. I thought it bordered on being immoral that so many of my fellow UPS employees had to spend time away from their families, running around like chickens with their heads cut off to two and three part-time jobs. This book does a good job at defending the necessity of unions. The book also talks about "child labor" and how globalization can result in the exploitation of workers working in unsafe conditions in "sweat shops" for immoral wages.
My reservations with the book include its dismissal of conservatives who defend workers but won't go along with certain aspects of the liberal social agenda. For instance:
"The anti-globalization right, notably Pat Buchanan, still represents virulent opposition to the effort by women ... gays, lesbians, and other oppressed groups to attain full respect and equality. It represents an effort to suppress cultural diversity by imposing 'Christian' and/or 'family' values." (P.98)
Is the defense of the "full respect and equality ... (of) women" also a veiled defense of abortion? Are conservative defenders of exploited workers not wanted if they oppose so-called gay marriage?
One of the greatest defenders of the poor and exploited workers in 2014 is Pope Francis. Are his defenses not to be mentioned because he upholds the conservative moral teachings of the Catholic Church? The same could be asked of Pope Benedict XVI's words, and the words of the pope when this book was written, Pope John Paul II.
Are the words of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum or Donald Trump favorable to workers to be dismissed because they won't sign on to aspects of the liberal social agenda?