Globalization, Identity, and the Florida Realm of the ORION Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: Landscapes of Resistance in Immokalee, Florida


  • Thomas Chapman


As places across the globe have become increasingly interconnected, people are experiencing a 'speeeding up' of the pace of life, in which barriers in space are rapidly broken down by a globalizing economy. There is a feeling that the world is shrinking, and even that it will collapse upon us (Harvey, 1989). This process and their associated feelings are not new, but are deeply embedded in the history of capitalism and the relentless drive towards newer and newer modernities. In the twenty-first Century, these dualities of time and space seem to have taken on a new `hyper-urgency' in overcoming spatial barriers and accelerating the pace of economic and social life. This compression of time and space can indeed instill a sense of incoherence, where a 'crisis of identity' has created a profound sense of disconnectedness between the global and the local (Gallaher, 2000).  These feelings are especially threatening to those involved in racialist movements, where people build trenches of resistance on behalf of God, nation, and race, and in which they feel they are under assault from these techno-economic global processes that are beyond their local control (Castells, 1997; Gallaher, 2000; Flint, 2004).