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Cultural (Re-)Presentation of Global Civil Society and Global Citizenship in Cyber Age: Positioning Transnational Activism in a Globalizing World

On-Kwok Lai (School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)


This paper examines the cultural (re-)presentations of global civil society in cyber-age, with special focus on social agencies, strategies and structure of transnational activism and progressive advocacy networks.

Attempting to conceptualize the transnational advocacies in general and the anti-globalization in particular, this paper addresses to (1) the strategies and role of social agencies for transnational advocacies, (2) the (re-)presentation of a new identity politics and the global citizenship in these campaigns, and (3) the particular historical role of the socio-cultural dynamics of the cyberspace.

It is argued that thanks to the Internet and mobile telephony, the anti-globalization demonstrations against global capitalism in major cities around the world is a core part of the anti-globalization processes. And the new identity and actions for global citizenship are represented through their messages and new cultural representations that the present mode(s) of the WTO/G8/World Bank sponsored global project is not just and fair, for many people in the developing world, as well as those underprivileged in the developed ones, and the healthy cultural reproduction is endangered.

Social consequences of transnational activism within and beyond the cyberspace are examined, highlighting the local people’s jobs, culture, language and hence identity; and attempting to examine aspects and processes of transnational activism, social mobilization logics and dynamics, with specific reference to the new cultural (re-)presentations and (re-)productions in constituting the global civil society, as well as the new identity building for the social activists’ global citizenship.

Innovations and Reproductions in Cultures and Societies
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