Global Justice Organising in Australia: Crisis and Realignment after 9/11

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Journal Article
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Globalizations, 2013, 10 (3), pp. 451 - 464
Issue Date:
2013-06-01
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The 's11' protest in Melbourne in 2000 saw 20,000 demonstrators successfully blockade the Asia-Pacific Summit of the World Economic Forum and led to the cohering of the Global Justice Movement (GJM) in Australia. The 9/11 attacks, a year later to the day, halted that momentum and seemingly caused movement crisis and retreat. While some accounts, such as the Wall Street Journal's editorial 'Adieu Seattle?', argued the 'global security crisis' trumped movement claims and strategy, the experience of activists in Australia is better conceptualised as rearticulation and realignment in response to elite hegemonic practices. This article argues that 9/11 was not the cause of movement collapse in Australia, but that its consequences exacerbated internal movement weaknesses. Further, it argues that despite the return of anti-systemic movements - in the form of the Indignados and Occupy movements in particular - the global justice frame has remained weak in Australia. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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