Kolářová, Marta. 2009. Protest proti globalizaci: gender a feministická kritika. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství. 253 s. ISBN 978-80-86429-96-0.

The book addresses a question what is the connection between anti-globalization and feminist critique of globalization. Firstly, globalization and its relation to social movements is defined. The aspects of contemporary anti-globalization movement are outlined (particularly the ideological frames, composition of movement, collective identity, tactics and forms of organization), and the specificities of the Czech anti-globalization activism are analyzed with regard to significant protest events (Global street party in 1998 and demonstrations against the summit of the IMF and World Bank in 2000). Author uses the concept of diffusion, with which analyzes how specific features of movement ideas, activists and tactics are diffused and accepted in a different location than where it originated.

Feminist critique of globalization focused on global gender inequalities and changes in productive labor and migration globally is presented. Kolářová asks how this critique is included in the global anti-globalization movement and compares the movement with women’s grassroots organizing against the negative impacts of neoliberal policies with the focus on the anti-sweatshop activism.

In a case study of the Czech anti-globalization movement and protest based on long-term field work including participant observation, interviews with activists and alternative media analyses the author deals with the question how the movement addresses issues of gender and globalization and what are the gender aspects of the movement. She argues that marginalization of feminist critique of globalization in the Czech movement is caused by a low participation of women in the collectives organizing the protests, weak cohesion of ideological frames of globalization and feminism, refusal of radical leftist movement to cooperate with women’s non-governmental organizations that addressed the issue, and form of the protest that is confrontational and associated with masculinity which is, furthermore, strengthened by the representation of the alternative media.


politics (and political attitudes)


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