Global Dimensions of the Arab Spring and the Potential for anti-Hegemonic Politics

Global Dimensions of the Arab Spring and the Potential for anti-Hegemonic Politics
Author: Koenraad Bogaert

Publication Date: 21/12/2011
Source: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/3638/global-dimensions-of-the-arab-spring-and-the-poten



Link: Global Dimensions of the Arab Spring and the Potential for Anti-Hegemonic Politics

Summary

The global dimension of the Arab Spring has nothing to do with some kind of "Arab awakening." The Arab people weren’t asleep at all during the past decade, as Rabab el-Mahdi has pointed out on the program "Empire" on Al-Jazeera. In fact, we should see it the other way around. Arab protesters have awakened OWS and the indignados. They restarted what the anti-globalization movement couldn’t carry through. As such, what started in Tunisia has now created space on a global scale to question and contest neoliberal hegemony. Until now, this is its most important accomplishment. Hopefully, many others will follow.