chapter  2
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Towards a proper theory of global presence: three concepts to begin understanding who ‘We’ is

In the more than two decades that have passed since the inception of what was

then called the ‘new left internationalism’ of social movements (Waterman, 1984,

1988), the manner in which social forces install themselves on the terrain of the

world economy, and how they move through it, have been widely documented by

researchers working on a variety of qualified objects at the periphery of established

disciplines: ‘multi-sited’ ethnographers (Marcus, 1995), ‘global’ ethno-historians

(Burawoy, 1998; Burawoy et al., 2000), ‘international’ and ‘transnational’ sociolo-

gists of all persuasions (Castells, 1996; Price, 1998, 2003; Beck, 1999; Sklair, 2000;

Tsutsui, 2004; Evans, 2005), anthropologists (Kearney, 1995, 2004), ‘glocal’

(Ko¨hler and Wissen, 2003; Swyngedouw, 2004) or ‘post-national’ geographers

(O’Brien, 1992; Herod, 1995, 2001; Scholte, 1996), etc.