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Handbook on World Social Forum Activism
     

Handbook on World Social Forum Activism

by Jackie Smith, Ellen Reese, Scott Byrd, Elizabeth Smythe
 

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The World Social Forums began in 2001 as a civil society countersummit to the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of global corporate and political elite that shapes global economic policies. Since then the World Social Forums have become the premier focal point for a diverse array of movements and associations advancing alternative visions of globalization. The

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The World Social Forums began in 2001 as a civil society countersummit to the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of global corporate and political elite that shapes global economic policies. Since then the World Social Forums have become the premier focal point for a diverse array of movements and associations advancing alternative visions of globalization. The World Social Forum process encompasses a variety of meetings and networking activities taking place around the world at local, national, regional, and global levels. United by a belief that "Another world is possible," World Social Forum activists are engaging in a massive global experiment to bring about a more democratic and just world. Social Forums held at multiple levels from local to global help connect activists in an increasingly dense network of advocates for radical social change. They have mobilized hundreds of thousands of people and may be one of the most important political developments of our time. The Forums' overlapping networks link conversations across vast distances as well as over time, allowing unprecedented learning and sharing across movements and across continents. Handbook of World Social Forum Activism brings together some of the leading scholars of the WSF process from North America and Europe to offer comparative and longitudinal analyses of the World Social Forum process. Succinct chapters offer lessons and insights on this important global movement drawing from a variety of innovative research methods. The collection documents and contributes to the ongoing process of reflection and learning from World Social Forum experiences and is accessible to activists, students, and scholars alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594519475
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2015
Series:
Paradigm Handbooks
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Smith is Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburg. She is also the editor of Journal of World-Systems Research. Smith’s most recent books include Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation, with Dawn Wiest; Handbook on World Social Forum Activism, co-edited with Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, & Elizabeth Smythe; Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding, co-edited with Ernesto Verdeja, and Social Movements for Global Democracy (2008).

Scott Byrd earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. His research and writing have appeared in Globalizations, Mobilization, Social Movement Studies and the Journal of World-Systems Research. He currently serves as the technical editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research. He is the founder of the Broad Cove Institute, a non-profit research organization supporting small social justice organizations.

Ellen Reese is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. Her research focuses on poverty, welfare state development, urban politics, and social movements. Her book, Backlash Against Welfare Mothers: Past and Presents (2005) examines long-term transformations in the U.S. welfare state. She is also coeditor with Amalia Cabezas and Marguerite Waller of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women's Poverty (Paradigm Publishers 2007). She is currently writing a new book, They Say Cutback; We Say Fight-back! Welfare Rights Activism in an Era of Retrenchment.

Elizabeth Smythe is a professor of political science at Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

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