Alterglobalization / altermondialism

« The Altermondialist movement consists of all struggles and resistances, social practices, debates and researches, intellectual and artistic creations that are in line with the perspective of alterglobalization. This perspective can be summed up by the refusal of inequalities and discriminations, the questioning of neoliberal globalization effects, the demand for democratic control on regional and international institutions - such as the European union, the WTO, the IMF or the World Bank - which are promotors of neoliberalism, the affirmation that "’another world is possible” and the commitment of its construction [1] ».

A short history of the definition and its dissemination

Traditionally, the origin of the alterglobalization movement is associated to the November 1999 Seattle demonstration against the general assembly of WTO (World Trade Organization), even if other mobilizations of a similar size were taking place the previous years, like the campaign for the cancellation of Third World debt, against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), the birth of Via Campesina or the one of the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and for Citizens’ Action (ATTAC) in France, or again, the insurrection of neozapatists (EZLN) in Chiapas (Mexico) on january 1st 1994.

Uses and quotes

During the beginnings of the movement, this latter was regularly qualified as anti-globalization by dominant media (in English, this name still remains), prior to the movement succeed in imposing the term alter-globalization.