Making Waves: Worldwide Social Movements, 1750-2005

Making Waves: Worldwide Social Movements, 1750-2005

by William G. Martin

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Overview

Making Waves unearths the successive, worldwide waves of revolts, rebellions, and revolutions that have shaken and remade the world from the eighteenth century to the present. It challenges us to rethink not only our limited conceptions of social movements but the very character and possibilities of social movements. The authors show how successive outbursts of global social protest have undermined world capitalist orders and, through both their successes and their failures, provided the basis for long periods of stable capitalist rule across all the zones of the world-economy. The surprises start in the Age of Revolution, when the antisystemic wave of slave revolts that led to the Haitian Revolution is related to the systemic effects of their combination with the U.S. and French Revolutions. The analysis comes up to the present, when a wave of post-1989 movements points to quite divergent futures based, as in the past, on the search for alternatives to communities organized by capital accumulation, nation-states, and the accelerating commodification and fragmentation of human needs, identities, and desires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317256373
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/03/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

William G. Martin Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, has written extensively on Africa and the world-economy, social movements, and the production of knowledge. He is coeditor of Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa (University of Illinois Press 1999).

Table of Contents


Foreword Immanuel Wallerstein vii Acknowledgments viii Introduction: The Search for Antisystemic Movements William G. Martin 1 Chapter 1 The Transformation of the Capitalist World: 1750-1850 Tuba Agartan Woo-Young Choi Tu Huynh 10 Chapter 2 Reformers and Revolutionaries: The Rise of Antisystemic Movements and the Paradox of Power, 1848-1917 Caleb M. Bush 50 Chapter 3 Empires Crumble, Movements Fall: Antisystemic Struggle, 1917-1968 Caleb M. Bush Rochelle Morris 82 Chapter 4 Transformations of the World-System and Antisystemic Movements: 1968-2005 Fouad Kalouche Eric Mielants 128 Chapter 5 Conclusion: World Movement Waves and World Transformations William G. Martin 168 Bibliography 181 Index 203 About the Contributors 217

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