Becoming Global (Un)Civil Society: Counter-Hegemonic Struggle and the Indymedia Network

Sullivan, S., Spicer, A. & Böhm, S. (2011). Becoming Global (Un)Civil Society: Counter-Hegemonic Struggle and the Indymedia Network. Globalizations, 8(5), pp. 703-717. doi: 10.1080/14747731.2011.617571

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Abstract

In this article we ask how ‘civil society’ actors and organizations can become constructed and treated as ‘uncivil society’. We contest the notion that ‘uncivil’ necessarily equates with the dark qualities of violence and organized criminality. Instead, we take a Gramscian perspective in suggesting that what becomes ‘uncivil’ is any practice and organization that substantially contests the structuring enclosures of hegemonic order, of which civil society is a necessary part. To trace this, we consider ways in which a global grass-roots media network called Indymedia has established and maintained itself as a counter-hegemonic media-producing organization. In this case, a conscious positioning and self-identification as counter-hegemonic has been accompanied by the framing and sometimes violent policing of nodes and practices of this network as ‘uncivil’ by cooperating state authorities. This is in the absence of association of this network with organized violence or crime. We intend our reflections to contribute to a deepening theorization of the terms ‘civil’ and ‘uncivil’ as they are becoming used in social movement and globalization studies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalizations on 18 Nov 2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14747731.2011.617571
Uncontrolled Keywords: global (un)civil society, Gramsci, independent media (Indymedia), hegemony and counter-hegemony, counter-hegemonic struggle, neoliberalism
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15598

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