Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

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This clear and concise book examines the crucial relationship between globalization and social movements. Deftly combining nuanced theory with rich empirical examples, leading scholar Valentine M. Moghadam focuses especially on three transnational social movements-Islamism, feminism, and global justice. Defining globalization as a complex process in which the mobility of capital, peoples, organizations, movements, and ideas takes on an increasingly transnational form, the author shows how both physical and electronic mobility has helped to create dynamic global social movements. Globalization has engendered the spread of neoliberal capitalism across the world, but it also has engendered opposition and collective action.

Exploring the historical roots of Islamism, feminism, and global justice, the book also shows how these movements have been stimulated by relatively recent globalization processes, including neoliberalism, war, and hegemonic masculinities. Moghadam examines similarities and differences among the three movements, along with internal differentiation within each. Her argument is informed by feminism, world-systems, world polity, and social movement theories in a seamlessly integrated framework that will be essential reading for all students of globalization.

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Valentine M. Moghadam is professor of sociology and women's studies at Purdue University

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Val Moghadam has given us the gift we have all been waiting for: a sensible, manageable introduction to social movements in our globalizing world. Plus, she uses a reader-friendly style all too rare in the social sciences. Her own considerable expertise in this area does not get in the way of the big picture. (Jasper, James M.)

Moghadam provides a highly accessible and thorough analysis of the most challenging conflicts in the world-system—gender inequality and religious fundamentalism. This excellent synthesis of literature on globalization, social movements, and conflict will be valuable for students and scholars alike. (Smith, Jackie)

Moghadam's timely and innovative study begins with the observation that while globalization has political, economic, and cultural aspects, its neoliberal capitalist dimension has brought devastating effects of exclusion by increasing inequality of class, gender, and race. Deeply insightful and highly readable, this book will become a classic among scholars as easily as it will find a home in the classroom. (Jillian Schwedler)

The author presents a detailed discussion of the different types of Islamist groups, how the women's movement sees different frames and collective action repertoires, and how international and global processes of social, political, and economic change influence all of these. Recommended. (Choice)

Moghadam's new book continues in . . . furthering our understanding of the connections between the process of globalization and social movement activity. . . . I applaud Moghadam's ability to draw clear connections among distinct globalizations processes. . . . Social movement scholars would do well to read this timely and theoretically pertinent book. . . . It would be an excellent book for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in international studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, or women's and gender studies programs. (Mobilization)

Val Moghadam has delivered a panoramic view of global social movements today, drawing on her unparalleled studies of Islamism, transnational feminisms, and the global justice movement. We are all in her debt, progressive scholars and inquisitive activists alike. (John Foran)

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