chapter  6
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‘Common-sense’ representations of globalization protests

Although the volume of literature on the ideology of globalization is rapidly proliferating (Rupert 2000; Steger 2000, 2003b), rigorous empirical and analytical studies on the many protests over globalizing forces are notably lacking.1

In contrast, the media present vivid descriptions of these protests in major global cities on five continents. Popular writers also offer representations, an imagery, of the globalization protesters, who have become a regular feature of summits of world leaders, meetings of the major international economic institutions, and the venues of informal governance, such as the WEF. Together, these descriptions and imagery form ‘common-sense’ propositions, which we want to interrogate.