University of Sussex Business School

Global Resistance (L7090SDUD)

Global Resistance: Subjects and Practices

Module L7090SDUD

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Dr Lara Coleman

Since the 1999 "Battle of Seattle", when protesters from around the world descended on the World Trade Organisation's Ministerial Conference, activists and scholars alike have made much of a "global" movement of opposition to neoliberalism, capitalism and/or imperialism. This module will introduce students to key events in the recent trajectory of resistance to global order-building, and locate contemporary "global resistance" in historical context. We will explore the main concepts and theories used to make sense of resistance - by scholars but also by those engaging in struggles themselves (including Marxist, post-structuralist, decolonial and feminist approaches). We will also consider the different political subjects that have been hailed as the locus of emancipatory or revolutionary struggle (e.g. the "anti-globalization movement", the "global working class" or the "multitude"). Rather than assuming that resistance is straightforwardly emancipatory, the module will interrogate the variegated politics of resistance, the ways in which anti-systemic struggles may become entangled in relations of power and the various modes of intervention geared toward repressing, managing or disciplining dissent. The module will also consider these issues in relation to thematic debates cross-cutting various manifestations of "global resistance": the concept of solidarity and the racialised and gendered politics of resistance. These issues will be explored through discussion of specific instances of dissent to world ordering, from the global summmit protests of the early 21st century and the emergence of the influential Zapatista movement in Mexico, to international trade unionism; peasant and indigenous struggles over land; and the more recent phenomena of Occupy Wall Street and anti-austerity protests in Europe.

This course provides a long-term historical account and analysis of Latin America's formation and integration into the modern world system. It investigates patterns of growth and distribution of wealth over different periods of time and between countries. The course investigates how these patterns have influenced and have been shaped by three interrelated factors-domestic social structures, state formation and integration to the evolving world system. Key issues to be discussed in the course include: the Iberian political economic lethargy; attempts at constructing cohesive state structures and state-led economic development; the influence of rural and urban social movements on the political-conomic-economic structures of different countries; responses to globalisation, including the attempt at creating regional blocs across the region; and a discussion of the extent to which the current 'pink tide' (or red wave') constitutes a realistic alternative political-economic trajectory for the mass of the continents population.

This module is assessed by Assessed by a 70% 3.5K essay, 20% 1k Essay, 10% 20 minute Group presentation. We meet each week for a three hour seminar combining mini-lectures, group work, analytical exercises and open discussion.

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