Model, Event, Context: Globalization, Arab Social Movements, and the Modeling of Global Order

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Abstract

In this article I scrutinize a particular discursive strategy that attempts to straightjacket the new social movements in the Arab uprisings. Rather than being open to new forms of polities and alternative modes of economic and social organization, an emerging governmental and scholarly discourse calls for a model of development for the Arab world. I argue that this model limits political imagination; and that it is the effect of a late modern logic that seeks to impose a particular form of politics in global political life. In, and through, the language of an archetype, these social movements, and the emerging polities, are being tamed to inherit the tensions and fragilities of a certain form of political and economic globalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-628
Number of pages6
JournalGlobalizations
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • globalization
  • modernization and development
  • North Africa and the Middle East

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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