Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror

Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror

Edited by Maurice Mullard and Bankole A. Cole

This book explores globalisation and the war on terror in a world that is becoming increasingly and significantly polarised and in which dialogue is undermined. The authors contend that citizenship does not obey a static definition, and that its meaning is located in changing economic, social and political contexts. Equally, civil, political and social rights are continually being politically defined. The war on terror has, the book argues, influenced issues of civil liberties and prioritised the need for ‘security’ over and above the protection of human rights: it has redefined the meaning of the rule of law.

Chapter 14: Power, Resistance and ‘Anti-Globalisation’ Movements in the Context of the ‘War on Terror’

Michael S. Drake

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights, international politics, international relations, terrorism and security


14. Power, resistance and ‘antiglobalisation’ movements in the context of the ‘war on terror’ Michael S. Drake INTRODUCTION In the analysis of power and resistance there is an inevitable interaction between theory and its object, as political initiatives and empirical transformations are theorised and theoretical analysis further informs political action. Through an analysis of the positions, tactics and responses adopted by actors in the events around the Gleneagles G8 Summit of 2005, this chapter investigates the contemporary relations between theories and practices of power and resistance. It is generally accepted among commentators that the ‘war on terror’ has been used to legitimate restrictive legislation and police practices of social control encroaching on civil liberties and citizenship rights which function as new conditions for power and resistance in the political sphere (for example, Lyon, 2003; Agamben, 2005, pp. 2–3; Beck, 2005). Rather than focusing on terrorism, the ostensible target of such tendencies, this chapter focuses on how the new conditions of power and resistance have affected the ‘anti-globalisation’ movement. Through this study, the chapter thus questions whether these new conditions are a consequence of the war on terror, or whether they represent deeper and longer-term developmental tendencies inherent in the state and sovereignty in the condition of globalisation. It argues that for these twenty-first century conditions, we need to radically rethink the terms of contemporary relations between individuals and civil society, and the state and its forces of order. Critical reviews of the sociology of power and of...

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