Social Movements, Networks and Hierarchies
Examines the operation of network forms of organization in social resistance movements, in relation to the integration of the world system, the intersection of networks and the possibility of social transformation.
This book examines the operation of network forms of organisation in social resistance movements, in relation to issues including the integration of the world system, the intersection of networks with discourses of identity, and the possibility of social transformation. Drawing on research by Foucault and Deleuze on the structure of hierarchical systems, the authors seek to reinterpret World Systems Theory in order to engage with issues of power, resistance, and conflict in the contemporary world.They develop the concepts of networks and hierarchies to interpret empirical cases of resistance and conflict including: new forms of networked social movements based on new technologies such as the Internet, particularly the rise of the global anti-capitalist movement and the emergence of sociopolitical movements on the Internet and new forms of computer-mediated social association; Low tech movements - anti-neoliberal movements in Latin America, the Iraqi resistance, the West Papuan resistance movement, the Berber uprising in Algeria and social protest movements in Manipur; and, networks and groups based on ethnoreligious identity, including the Tamil Tigers and in the context of networked terrorism and resistance, Al-Qaeda, Iraq and Afghanistan.; The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of social movement studies, conflict studies, media studies and critical theory as well as those studying international relations, critical IR and critical security studies, postcolonial theory, postructuralist theories, sociology, discourse analysis, media studies, social movement studies, conflict studies, studies of ethnicity and identity, world systems theory, peace studies, and critical theory.
Introduction 1. Rhizomatic Politics -- A new theory of social logics and assemblages 2. World System Theory 3. Affinity Networks 4. Reactive Networks Conclusion