Disconnections and exclusions: professionalization, cosmopolitanism and (global?) civil society

Baillie Smith, Matt and Jenkins, Katy (2011) Disconnections and exclusions: professionalization, cosmopolitanism and (global?) civil society. Global Networks, 11 (2). pp. 160-179. ISSN 1470-2266

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0374.2011.00317.x


In this article, we address the ways in which theories and practices of cosmopolitanism and professionalization intersect in the sphere of global civil society. We emphasize the experiences of grassroots development activists, arguing that although they have so far been pivotal to the legitimacy of these spaces and discourses, such activists are increasingly absent from the practices of global civic spaces. We explore this process of change over time using the example of grassroots health promoters in Peru, explaining it in terms of the articulation of neoliberal processes of professionalization with a particularly neoliberal version of cosmopolitanism. We argue that the two are mutually reinforcing and produce a particularly narrow, and arguably less cosmopolitan, rendition of global civil society, with implications for the possibility of building critical and transformative encounters across difference as a foundation for more equitable ideas and practices of development and democracy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmopolitanism, global civil society, grassroots activism, NGOs, professionalization, development
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 16:43
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4724

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