Convergence space: process geographies of grassroots globalization networks

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Abstract:

This paper considers grassroots globalization networks, which comprise a diversity of social movements working in association to engage in multi-scalar political action. Drawing upon David Harvey's notion of militant particularism (regarding the problems of effecting politics between different geographical scales), and recent research on networks and their relationship to places, the paper analyses People's Global Action, an international network of social movements opposing neoliberal globalization. From an analysis of the process geographies of People's Global Action, the paper proposes the notion of convergence space as a conceptual tool by which to understand and critique grassroots globalization networks. The paper argues that contested social relations emerge in such convergence spaces and considers the implications of these for theorizing such networks, and for political action.

Keywords: convergence space; grassroots globalization networks; process geographies

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-5661.00096

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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