[artinfo] New Book: Networking Futures

Jeff Juris jeffjuris at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 9 10:58:50 CEST 2008

Hi all,

	my new book is finally out,
Networking Futures: the Movements against Corporate Globalization
(Duke University Press).

The book provides an ethnographic account of the cultural practice and
politics of transnational networking among anti-corporate globalization
activists based in Barcelona with a particular focus on the links between
digital technologies, new forms of organization, and emerging political
imaginaries. It also explores network organizing, performative protest, and
violence during mass direct actions.

For more information or to order the book, see below and/or go to:


The book can also be ordered from www.dukeupress.edu or www.amazon.com.

Blurb from the Publisher:

Since the first worldwide protests inspired by Peoples??? Global Action
(PGA)??? including the mobilization against the November 1999 World Trade
Organization meetings in Seattle???anti???corporate globalization activists
have staged direct action protests against multilateral institutions in
cities such as Prague, Barcelona, Genoa, and Cancun. Barcelona is a
critical node, as Catalan activists have played key roles in the more
radical PGA network and the broader World Social Forum process.

In 2001 and 2002, the anthropologist Jeffrey S. Juris participated in the
Barcelona-based Movement for Global Resistance, one of the most influential
anti???corporate globalization networks in Europe. Juris took part in
hundreds of meetings, gatherings, protests, and online discussions. Those
experiences form the basis of Networking Futures, an innovative ethnography
of transnational activist networking within the movements against corporate
globalization. In an account full of activist voices and on-the-ground
detail, he explains how activists are not only responding to growing
poverty, inequality, and environmental devastation but also building social
laboratories for the production of alternative values, discourses, and

Praise for the Book:

???Networking Futures is one of the very first books to map in detail the
multiple networks that are challenging corporate globalization. Taking as a
point of departure an exemplary case???the Catalan anti???globalization
movements of the past decade???Jeffrey S. Juris moves on to chronicle the
collective struggles to construct not only an alternative vision of
possible worlds but the means to bring them about. Networking Futures is a
compelling portrait of the spirit of innovation that lies behind an array
of progressive mobilizations, from anarchist movements and street protests
to the World Social Forum. Based on a well-developed notion of
collaborative ethnography, it is also a wonderful example of engaged
scholarship: a much-needed alternative to academic work as usual.???

-Arturo Escobar, author of Territories of Difference: Place, 
Movements, Life, Redes

???Jeffrey S. Juris gives us an illuminating model for how to study
networks from below using the tools of ethnography. And in the process he
reveals the extraordinary power (as well as the challenges) of network
organizing for social movements today.???

-Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire and Multitude

???Networking Futures is a terrific, deeply informed ethnographic account
of the origins and activities of the anti???corporate globalization
movement. Jeffrey S. Juris???s identity is as much that of an activist who
happens to be doing first-rate anthropology as vice versa, and there is
much for anthropologists to reflect on in the way that this work is set up
and narrated through these dual identities.???

-George E. Marcus, co-author of Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary

About the Author:

Jeffrey S. Juris is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University.
He is a co-author of Global Democracy and the World Social Forums and has
published numerous articles in both scholarly journals and activist
research forums. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Resistance
Studies Magazine and has taken part in numerous direct action-oriented
groups and networks, including the Movement for Global Resistance in
Barcelona. His new fieldwork explores the relationship between grassroots
media activism and autonomy in Mexico City.

Jeffrey S. Juris
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Arizona State University
jeffrey.juris at asu.edu

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