Between autonomy and vulnerability : the space of movement

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McDonald, Kevin (2007) Between autonomy and vulnerability : the space of movement. Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques, 38 (1). pp. 49-63. ISSN 2033-7485


Analyses of the contemporary alterglobalization movement increasingly emphasize dimensions of autonomy, whose ultimate origins lie in theories of agency understood as sovereignty. This paper argues that critical dimensions of the alterglobalization movement involve practices of embodied action and forms of responsibility that point beyond autonomy, to a paradigm of relational vulnerability. Recognising this is central to understanding ethics, agency, and subjectivity and to understanding movements as a space of experience.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.4000/rsa.512
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Keywords organizational structure, networks, alterglobalization movement, globalization, global justice movement, autonomy, social movements, political parties, cultural action, Kantian tradition
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