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Voices of Resistance

Communication and Social Change

by Mohan J. Dutta

Publication Year: 2012

This book re-presents voices of resistance from across the globe to document the communicative processes, practices, and frameworks through which neoliberal global policies are currently being defied. Based on examples, case studies, and ethnographic reports, Voices of Resistance serves as a space for engaging various perspectives from the global margins in dialogue. The emphasis of the book is on the core idea that creating spaces for listening to voices of resistance fosters openings for the politics of social change—interweaving the stories of the local, the national, and the global. The book is divided into chapters addressing the politics of resistance in the contexts of global economic policies, agriculture, education, health, poverty, and development.

Published by: Purdue University Press


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pp. ix-xii

In this book, based on the culture-centered approach to social change (Dutta, 2011), we listen to the voices of resistance across the globe that foreground alternative rationalities of social, political, and economic organizing, challenging the hegemony of neoliberal ideology in organizing global economies. Primarily based on the economic substratum...

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pp. xiii-xviii

I dedicate this book to the activists, from the past to the present, and into the future, who carry on the light of hope with their tireless conviction that the world is going to be a better place through their active participation in the global politics of change. In imagining a world that is just and equitable, they work every day through ordinary forms of...

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1. Introduction: Voices of Resistance

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pp. 1-41

This book is set up as a primer that attempts to foreground the voices of social change that make up the current landscape of global politics of resistance, and that define the discursive spaces, processes, structures, and constructions of social change efforts across the globe. These current forms of social action spread throughout local sites in...

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2. Resisting Global Economic Policies

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pp. 43-89

As noted in chapter one of this book, at the heart of global inequities are neoliberal economic policies that continue to foster the increasing inequalities between the haves and have-nots by pushing forth policies of trade liberalization, privatization of resources, minimization of subsidies, and the minimization of state-based support for the poor...

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3. Agriculture: Voices of Resistance

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pp. 91-136

In this chapter, we will listen to the voices of resistance that are constituted under the broader area of agriculture and the rights of local communities across the globe to grow food and secure access to it. In the context of agriculture, the tension constituting efforts of social change lies between the liberalization principles of national governments...

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4. Resistance, Social Change, and the Environment

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pp. 137-184

Environment is one of the key sites of global social change, with environmental activist groups seeking to draw attention to the effects of specific practices on the environment, and subsequently seeking to impact policy making and practices that shape the environment (Castells, 1996, 1997, 1998; della Porta & Diani, 2006; Rootes, 2004; Sklair, 1995). In our...

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5. Social Change and Politics

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pp. 185-227

The dominant narratives of political structures are resisted through the interrogation of the logics of these structures, seeking to displace the top-down power from the sites of decision making that minimize the opportunities for political participation among communities that have been placed at the margins. Social change movements that seek...

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6. Resistance, Development, and Social Change

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pp. 229-273

Development is the key site of global neoliberal governance, serving as the reason for neoliberal interventions. The existence of neoliberalism, therefore, is dependent on the concept of development. The traditional markers of economic growth and efficiency within the framework of development are utilized to push the agendas of...

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7. Epilogue: Voices in Motion

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pp. 275-290

The final chapter summarizes the key points articulated throughout the book regarding alternative rationalities that challenge neoliberal forms of global governance. Through the re-presentations of voices of resistance from the global margins, I discuss the ways in which a global politics of resistance can contribute to social transformations...


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pp. 291-309


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pp. 311-325

E-ISBN-13: 9781612492384
E-ISBN-10: 161249238X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557536273
Print-ISBN-10: 1557536279

Page Count: 180
Publication Year: 2012

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  • Communication in social action.
  • Communication -- Political aspects.
  • Mass media -- Political aspects.
  • Social change.
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