Civil Society and Global Poverty: Hegemony, Inclusivity, - download pdf or read online

By Clive Gabay

ISBN-10: 0415520657

ISBN-13: 9780415520652

The worldwide name to motion opposed to Poverty (GCAP) is world’s biggest civil society flow battling opposed to poverty and inequality, incorporating over a hundred affiliated country-level coalitions. It has turn into an important international actor and its annual days of mobilisation now allure over one hundred seventy five million humans worldwide.

This e-book seeks to discover GCAP’s energy and its embodiment of emancipatory swap. It develops a framework that assesses its exterior strength as an actor by way of exploring how strength works in it, and the connection among the 2. Gabay demonstrates that GCAP, and actors love it, may perhaps go beyond many of the obstructions they face in navigating and providing choices to dominant codes and practices of neo-liberal globalisation. Thematically, the e-book explores GCAP’s constitutive powers alongside 3 axes: hegemony, inclusion and legitimacy. It attracts on a variety of social and political idea, together with Liberalism, Anarchism and postcolonial concept and that includes case reports on Malawi and India.

This e-book should be of curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, overseas improvement, international governance, social events and civil society.

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It seeks to ‘locate’ GCAP through the subjects whom GCAP’s core texts construct as being authentic, and therefore legitimating of GCAP’s claims. This is analyzed in an attempt to understand how GCAP is embedded in the imaginations and practices of these subjects, and what this means for an understanding of actors and networks like GCAP as legitimate ‘global’ forces. The chapter illustrates how through its core texts, GCAP constitutes itself as not merely representing, but also being located in, the population groups of the most marginalized, and the national coalitions that are affiliated to it.

Once again though, the actions that were discussed at the LAG appeared to be at least in part constituted by the very power GCAP needs to transform if it is to succeed in eradicating poverty and injustice. At the very least these actions appeared piecemeal and symptomatic, rather than structurally radical. Examples of actions included handing out old coats to the homeless in Moscow, and shopping malls agreeing to turn their lights out at night in Indonesia (LAG Fieldnotes, 2009). This is not to detract from the utility of such actions, but in as much as they are symptomatic of broader structural conditions, they seem at least in part to merely reaffirm these conditions.

In each instance, debates have emerged around binary positions; either actors and networks like GCAP are prefigurative of a more democratic people-powered order (see the liberal cosmopolitans discussed in Chapter 1) or they are implicitly (or sometimes explicitly) imperialistic and silencing of those who most need their voices heard (see Chandler, 2004; Mouffe, 2005; Douzinas, 2007). Linked to these debates, the demands made by actors and networks like GCAP are legitimate because they speak for the very poorest, or are illegitimate precisely because they speak for rather than with these communities.

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