The massive protests at the Third Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization in November 1999 resulted from broad and accelerating changes in global social and political relations. Many protesting groups had been involved in previous struggles for global economic justice that shaped their identities and strategies in Seattle. This study examines the participants, activities, and political context of the "Battle of Seattle." It explores the transnational activist linkages and suggests that a division of labor was present whereby groups with local and national ties took on mobilization roles while groups with routinized transnational ties provided information and frames for the struggle. An examination of the tactics used in Seattle suggests that national protest "repertoires" have been adapted for use in global political arenas. There is also some evidence of protest innovation in response to global political integration and technology. While this study encompasses only a single protest episode, it suggests that increasing globalization and transnational protests have enduring effects on the organization and character of social movements.
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Research Article| February 21 2006
Globalizing Resistance: The Battle of Seattle and the Future of Social Movements
Mobilization: An International Quarterly (2001) 6 (1): 1–19.
Jackie Smith; Globalizing Resistance: The Battle of Seattle and the Future of Social Movements. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 March 2001; 6 (1): 1–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/maiq.6.1.y63133434t8vq608
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