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02 / 07 / 2004
French thinker, Alain Touraine: “We need to start a new social movement. Nobody wants economic to be the dominating logic”

The Forum’s 141 Questions (54): “Should globalization be subject to the guarantee of workers’ social rights?” Alain Touraine, director de studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), explained that globalization is exclusive because “it separates the economy on top from the social processes that are below.” Touraine mentioned that the European Union needs a worldwide political strategy that makes it possible to find solutions that are different from those proposed by the US. “Our responsibility is to establish a relationship with the Islamic world, one that in no way resembles the model of wars that are waged based on lies,” he said.

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Alain Touraine, director de studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), said today on the Haima Stage that “globalization is extreme capitalism; it is the absolute domain over the rest of society.” This French thinker and sociologist also said that we need to seek a way to make globalization subject to the development of social rights. He described the example of Finland as one to look up to. “It plays on the international market, but it takes minorities and inequalities into account; the state has implemented very high taxes, which is the best way to distribute wealth,” he argued.

According to Touraine, over the past fifteen years that has been an excessive wave of liberalization and globalization that has lead us to lose control of fundamental issue. “In many countries, university activity is only respect if it generates economic results. This economistic vision of education is unacceptable,” he concluded.

Touraine pointed out that, to take confront globalization, “we need to start a new social movement.” In his opinion, this new social movement should arise from people’s deepest feelings. He insisted that “nobody wants economy to be the dominating logic” and that society’s current major demands refer to culture, where the interests and vindications of women, young adults and ethnic minorities converge. “It is in this broader area where there is passion. And this passion can be found in many places throughout the world.”

In regards to the recent expansion of the European Union, Alain Touraine pointed out that “it was absolutely logical” but also warned that “indeed, 25 countries will have difficulties making decisions.” He said that it is a weakness Europe should accept as long as the fundamental condition of providing a counter balance to the US policy is met: “Our responsibility is to create a relation with the Muslim world that is far from this model of wars prepared with lies,” he concluded.

Alain Touraine (1925, Hermanville-sur-Mer, France) was one of the keynote speakers of the Dialogue “Work Cultures”, which was held at the Forum from June 28 to July 1.