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Global Justice NetworksGeographies of Transnational Solidarity$
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Paul Routledge and Andrew Cumbers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076855

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076855.001.0001

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Geographies of transnational solidarity

Geographies of transnational solidarity

(p.196) 8 Geographies of transnational solidarity
Global Justice Networks

Paul Routledge

Andrew Cumbers

Manchester University Press

This chapter summarises the key themes and findings of the book and evaluates current theoretical and empirical debates about global civil society, participative democracy, and transnational solidarity within global justice networks (GJNs). It argues that issues of space and scale are critical to the sustainability and future strategy of GJNs. Tensions arise between developing more horizontalist networks that facilitate democracy and grassroots participation, and the need to develop structures that can relay a global consciousness down to local activists. This chapter argues that understanding the potential for GJNs to develop a sustainable politics of international solidarity involves not just understanding the way that the ‘local’ is enmeshed in wider spatial relations, but also, and perhaps more critically, assessing how the ‘global’ is invoked in struggles that take place nationally and locally.

Keywords:   global civil society, participative democracy, transnational solidarity, global justice networks, democracy, grassroots participation, space, scale

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