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Greenpeace: mundialization and politics

Grant number: 12/51239-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants - Publications - Books published in Brazil
Duration: March 01, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal Investigator:Renato José Pinto Ortiz
Grantee:Renato José Pinto Ortiz
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The book analyzes the international NGO Greenpeace in the perspective of political culture, guided by the following questions: can international NGOs be considered "counter-powers"? Should one really take into account the existence of a "word-wide civil society"? First, the probable institutional spaces in which international NGOs can act have been analyzed, such as the United Nations system and its specialized agencies. Subsequently, a specific organization has been chosen to be studied in a wider context Starting from the counter-cultural context in which Greenpeace came into being, its cosmology, knowledge production, use of science as a source of legitimization, new political practices, image production, "cyber-activism", direct actions, and the validity of the term “World-wide civil society” have been analyzed. The concept of "intellectual technology", even with its limitations delineated, serves as the articulating element of the analysis, especially regarding the production of information and images, appropriation of scientific knowledge and "cyber-B Civism". Finally, the concept of goal modernity is presented. (AU)