Alternative Globalizations

An Integrative Approach to Studying Dissident Knowledge in the Global Justice Movement

By S. A. Hamed Hosseini

Series: Rethinking Globalizations

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  • ISBN: 978-0-415-49476-2
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Published by: Routledge
  • Publication Date: 03/12/2009
  • Pages: 256

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Global Complexities and the Rise of Global Justice Movement: A New Notion of Justice?

By S. A. Hamed Hosseini.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This article discusses the notions of justice underlying the ideological discourses and political practices in the so-called ‘global justice movement’. It also attempts to contribute to a sociological explanation of these ideas in terms of broader structural changes at the global level. In developing such an explanation, the article employs the concept of ‘global complexities’. It is argued that the ‘complexity’ of current global social changes and inequalities has necessitated the emergence of a new notion of justice (accommodative justice) within the movement. In fact, this new concept of justice has emerged from many activists’ experiences of and reflections on the complexities of globalization. As an illustrative example of such conceptual transformations, ACT UP, a grassroots HIV/AIDS advocacy network, is examined. Attempts to understand and theorize the movement’s conceptions of global justice have strong and constructive implications for both theories of justice and theories of global social change.

Keywords: Global Complexity, Global Justice, Global Justice Movement, ACT UP, Accommodative Justice, Recognition, Redistribution

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.15-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.282MB).


Hosseini, S. A. 2006b, ‘Beyond Practical Dilemmas and Conceptual Reductionism: the Emergence of an Accommodative Consciousness in the Alternative Globalization Movement’, Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 3, 1. Available:


This paper attempts to show the emergence of a new ideological trend within the global field of resistance against the corporate-led globalization. This ideological trend, coined here the alter-globalization trend, is ideal-typically constructed in terms of its associated mode of social thought. The newly developed perspectives and cognitive transformations inside the global field of resistance convey a new mode of in-praxis thought, named here accommodative cognition. This heralds the formation of alternative principles for creating emancipatory knowledges and flexible solidarities. The paper draws on certain discursive evidence from the alter-globalization trend to show that the complexity of globalizing society and contemporary collective action is realized through the open spaces of dialogue and dispute introduced by the movement. This has resulted in the emergence of intellectual demands for transcending contradictions that are rooted in the post-1970s disputes between modernist and post-modernist, and materialist and post-materialist thoughts. Two other features of this new mode of cognition are: (1) a growing inclination to cut across incompatible conceptions of social polarities (i.e. around issues like class, gender, race, cultural identity, ethnicity, nationality and sexual orientation) in establishing a flexible solidarity based on accommodating the Other’s interest and identity into the process of affirming the Self; and (2) understanding the complexities of globalization in terms of its structural unevenness, contradictions and multidimensionality.

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Books in Progress:

Transversal Cosmopolitanism and Accommodative Justice

By S. A. Hamed Hosseini



Chapter 1- Global Justice: Between theory and action

Chapter 2- Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Action

Chapter 3 – Accommodative Justice: Beyond Justice Globalism

Chapter 4 – Transversal Cosmopolitanism: Beyond Transcendental Cosmopolitanism

Chapter 5- Conclusion: Progressive Ideas in 21st century


Social Ideations: A New Paradigm in Sociology of Knowledge and Cognition

By S. A. Hamed Hosseini



Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Human Ideation in Social Sciences

Chapter 3 – Towards an integrative Model

Chapter 4 – Sociology of Ideation: A new paradigm for a new era

Chapter 5 – Dissident ideations in Global Justice Movement

Chapter 6 – Conclusion


Companion to Global Studies

+ A Textbook of Global Social Changes and Challenges in the Twenty-first Century

  1. Global Change, concepts and theories
  2. Global change, poverty and inequalities
  3. Global change and health
  4. Global change and environment
  5. Global change and education
  6. Global change, security, crime, peace and conflict
  7. Global change and financial instabilities
  8. Global change and food security
  9. Global change and population movements
  10. Global change and employment
  11. Global change, cultural alienation and identities in crisis
  12. Global change, democracy, and social capital
  13. Global change and human and civil rights
  14. Global Justice


Planetary Justice in the Age of Global Crises,

edited by S A Hamed Hosseini and ….

+ A Textbook of Global Justice Studies in 21st Century, edited by S A Hamed Hosseini

  1. Global Justice: Concepts and Theories
  2. Global justice and inequalities
  3. Global justice and health
  4. Global justice and environment
  5. Global justice and education
  6. Global justice, peace and security
  7. Global justice and crime
  8. Global justice and financial instabilities
  9. Global justice and food
  10. Global justice and immigration
  11. Global justice and social movements
  12. Global justice and democracy
  13. Global justice and human rights
  14. Global justice and religion
  15. Conclusion


Global Crises Studies Book Series

Series editor: Dr. S A Hamed Hosseini, the University of Newcastle

1. Global Studies: Global Changes and Challenges

2. Global Inequalities Crisis

3. Global Governance Crisis

4. Global Financial and Economic Crisis

5. Global Health Crisis

6. Global Environmental Crisis

7. Global Security Crisis

8. Global Population Crisis

9. Global Crime and Corruption

10. Global Social Movement

11. Transversal Cosmopolitanism: a Comprehensive Response to Global Crises

12. Global Justice in the Age of Global Crises


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