Revolution in the air: images of winning in the Irish anti-capitalist movement
Cox, Laurence and Curry, Liz (2010) Revolution in the air: images of winning in the Irish anti-capitalist movement. Irish Journal of Sociology, 18 (2). pp. 86-105. ISSN 0791 6035
This article explores strategic conceptions within the alter-globalisation movement in Ireland. Based on action research carried out within the left-libertarian (“Grassroots’) wing of the movement, it notes imbalances in participation in a very intensive form of political activity, and asks how activists understand winning. It finds substantial congruence between organisational practice and long-term goals, noting social justice and participatory democracy along with feminist, environmental and anti-war concerns as central. Using Wallerstein’s proposed transition strategy for anti-systemic movements, it argues that Irish alter-globalisation activists are realistic about popular support and state power, and concerned to link short-term work around basic needs with the construction of alternative institutions and long-term struggles for a different social order.
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