Act locally act globally, the dilemmas of trans-national social movements
Sociology CIES/ISCTE Lisboa, Portugal
This presentation is based on an on-going PhD research focusing on social movements? networking processes, and particularly on the so-called alterglobalization movement. The paper will particularly focus on the complex relationship between the local and the global scale, probing how a set of events and collectives based in Lisboa, Portugal, relate to broader, trans-national, networks.
The multifaceted local-global articulations presented in this paper will be based both on an analysis of a set of convergence events (specific temporal cut-outs that gather a large amount of activists on a precise time-space, a good example of ?glocal? happenings, anchored on a specific city but involved on a broader international context); and on international biographies of activists that walk throughout different countries drawing lines and creating bridges between different national events and organizations.
The paper aims to discuss and propose different modalities of local-global combinations, showing that sometimes the quite well known slogan "Act locally, think globally" appears to be very accurate while on other occasions, we may as well propose the new slogan "Act globally, think locally".