Globalization and Postmodern Politics: From Zapatistas to High-tech Robber Barons

Globalization and Postmodern Politics: From Zapatistas to High-tech Robber Barons


By (author) Roger Burbach, By (author) Bill Robinson, By (author) Fiona Jeffries


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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 215mm x 12mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745316492
  • ISBN 13: 9780745316499
  • Illustrations note: notes, index
  • Sales rank: 1,191,327

Product description

The book begins with an overview of globalization, showing how wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a transnational elite while ever increasing numbers of people are being marginalised. Institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund are intent upon exercising a new hegemony over individuals as the role of the traditional nation state is transformed. At the centre of this power shift is a group of high-tech robber barons who dominate the Information Age and exploit the technologies of globalization for their own narrow interests. The second part of the book explores the rise of the new grass roots oppositional movements around the world. Manifest in such diverse struggles as the uprising of the Zapatistas in Mexico and the battle of Seattle against the World Trade Organisation, this new postmodern politics is "de-centred" and has little interest in the old ideologies that dominated much of the twentieth century. The final section of the book contextualizes postmodern politics by drawing on contemporary examples. The authors discuss the demise of socialist and proto-socialist experiments in Chile, Grenada, Nicaragua and Cuba and the emergence of postmodern movements in Latin America. The final two chapters take a specific look at the Zapatista movement and its significance for revolutionary struggles around the world.

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Author information

Roger Burbach is Director of the Center for the Study of the Americas. He has written extensively on Latin America, US politics, and on post-communist societies and is the author, with Octavio Nunez and Boris Kagarlitsky, of Globalization and its Discontents: The Rise of Postmodern Socialisms (Pluto Press, 1996).

Review quote

"Burbach's superb analysis of emerging political movements provides eloquent testimony to the fact that corporate overreach has succeeded in creating an international opposition to globalization that now has the ascendancy. Resistance is re-invented by every generation. Burbach's book reveals how it has been reinvented by ours." --Walden Bello, author of "Dark Victory: The US, Structural Ajustment, and Global Poverty"

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: Globalization, New Resistances and the Postmodern Age Part One: Globalization 1. The Epochal Shift: Co-Authored with William I. Robinson 2. Epochal Clashes: Third Worldization and the New Hegemony: Co-authored with William I Robinson 3. High Tech Robber Barons Part Two: Politics in a Postmodern Age 4. Shades of Postmodern Politics 5. The (Un)defining of Postmodern Marxism 6. The Virtually Existing Global Revolution Part 3: Zapatistas and the Latin American Context(ualization) 7. Socialist and Postmodern Politics in the Americas 8. Roots of the Postmodern Rebellion in Chiapas 9. Zapatismo and the Intergalactic Age: Authored by Fiona Jeffries Epilogue: The Millennial Cracks Footnotes Bibliography