Global Complexities and the Rise of Global Justice Movement: A New Notion of Justice?

By S. A. Hamed Hosseini.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This article discusses the notions of justice underlying the ideological discourses and political practices in the so-called ‘global justice movement’. It also attempts to contribute to a sociological explanation of these ideas in terms of broader structural changes at the global level. In developing such an explanation, the article employs the concept of ‘global complexities’. It is argued that the ‘complexity’ of current global social changes and inequalities has necessitated the emergence of a new notion of justice (accommodative justice) within the movement. In fact, this new concept of justice has emerged from many activists’ experiences of and reflections on the complexities of globalization. As an illustrative example of such conceptual transformations, ACT UP, a grassroots HIV/AIDS advocacy network, is examined. Attempts to understand and theorize the movement’s conceptions of global justice have strong and constructive implications for both theories of justice and theories of global social change.

Keywords: Global Complexity, Global Justice, Global Justice Movement, ACT UP, Accommodative Justice, Recognition, Redistribution

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.15-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.282MB).

Dr. S. A. Hamed Hosseini

Lecturer and Associated Faculty Researcher, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

S. A. Hamed Hosseini is assistant professor of sociology and associated faculty researcher at The Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing (TAISIW), the University of Newcastle, Australia. He completed his PhD in Sociology and Global Studies (2006) at the Australian National University (ANU). He has conducted research on transnational social movements, global social change, globalist ideologies, Islamism, and transnational identities. Previously, he taught at the Australian National University, University of Technology Sydney, and University of New South Wales in the areas of third world development, social change, contemporary society, globalization, research methods, environmental sociology, and religion and politics. He has published articles and presented conference papers on Global Justice Movement (2009), Sociology of Dissident Knowledge (2007), Alter-globalization Solidarities (2006), Sociology of Collective Cognition (2003), Rural and Regional Development in Iran (1999, 2000), Conservatism and New Conservatism in the Context of Iran (2000). His book “Alternative Globalizations: An integrative approach to studying dissident knowledge in the global justice movement” published by Routledge will be available in December 2009.


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