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South Asian Activists in the Global Justice Movement$
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Eva-Maria Hardtmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466276.001.0001

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The Logical Ethics of a ‘Neoliberal Bricolage’

The Logical Ethics of a ‘Neoliberal Bricolage’

The World Bank, the UN, and the Rock Stars

(p.52) Chapter Three The Logical Ethics of a ‘Neoliberal Bricolage’
South Asian Activists in the Global Justice Movement

Eva-Maria Hardtmann

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 outlines parts of the neoliberal values and visions to which the activists in the GJM are opposed. Activists protest against neoliberal ideas and international financial institutions like the World Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This chapter, however, discuss ethics and visions in a specific context, in relation to the United Nation’s first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) that reads: ‘Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’. The contrast between, on the one hand, the values behind the first UN MDG and, on the other hand, the values and visions of the activists in the GJM is not insignificant but originates from conflicting worldviews. It is argued that in extension these worldviews are related to conflicting ethical values on debt and individual guilt, now locally experienced and expressed among activists and (I)NGO workers.

Keywords:   World Bank, United Nations, Millennium Development Goals, (I)NGOs, debt, microcredits, Grameen Bank, IMF, WTO

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