Provoking 'globalist sydney': Neoliberal summits and spatial reappropriation

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Globalizations, 2010, 7 (3), pp. 347 - 357
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Neoliberal globalism, as market ideology, thrives as an abstract and universal claim on society. The social relations that drive it become most clearly exposed through the exercise of material power in concrete places. In these places, challengers engage in public pedagogy, unveiling social interests and impacts of neoliberal globalism, forcing public deliberation. Within these sites of contestation, new refusals and alternatives can come into view. The article analyses challenges to globalist summits in Sydney, creating a narrative of urban protest centred on spatial reappropriation. Street conflicts are seen as demonstrating the territorial logic of neoliberal globalism, and not only provoking dominant formations but also suggesting possibilities beyond them. Evidence of this pedagogic process is gleaned from press reports and public encounters, signalling a different city, beyond 'Globalist Sydney'. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
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