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Networking Futures: The Movements against Corporate Globalization (Experimental Futures) Paperback – July 9, 2008
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"Networking Futures is one of the very first books to map in detail the multiple networks that are challenging corporate globalization. Taking as a point of departure an exemplary case--the Catalan anti-globalization movements of the past decade--Jeffrey S. Juris moves on to chronicle the collective struggles to construct not only an alternative vision of possible worlds but the means to bring them about. Networking Futures is a compelling portrait of the spirit of innovation that lies behind an array of progressive mobilizations, from anarchist movements and street protests to the World Social Forum. Based on a well-developed notion of collaborative ethnography, it is also a wonderful example of engaged scholarship: a much-needed alternative to academic work as usual."--Arturo Escobar, author of Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes
"Jeffrey S. Juris gives us an illuminating model for how to study networks from below using the tools of ethnography. And in the process he reveals the extraordinary power (as well as the challenges) of network organizing for social movements today."--Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire and Multitude
"Networking Futures is a terrific, deeply informed ethnographic account of the origins and activities of the anti-corporate globalization movement. Jeffrey S. Juris's identity is as much that of an activist who happens to be doing first-rate anthropology as vice versa, and there is much for anthropologists to reflect on in the way that this work is set up and narrated through these dual identities."--George E. Marcus, co-author of Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary
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Many recent monographs that take as their object of interest "networks" or "social movements"-- shifting and somewhat ephemeral as they are-- jump around too much in their attempts to "follow the object." These examples tend to be overly theoretical and devoid of the best qualities of ethnography: human voices!
Juris manages to follow his interlocutors around the globe to different anti-globalization protests, rallies, etc, while still giving ethnographic insight into who these people are, what their motivations are, and how they manage to organize their groups across geographic and digital space. Juris's "militant" positioning allows him to get inside information from radical anarchist groups while being critically reflexive.
Juris's book struck me as an innovative approach to studying social movements. An important and interesting topic given the influence of various social movements and interest groups on politics today. I would really like to see it compared to a similar type of study on right-wing political movements.