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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
 

ISBN-10: 1594519463

ISBN-13: 9781594519468

Pub. Date: 01/28/2012

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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.

Overview

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:
9781594519468
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures List of Acronyms Preface and Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction: Learning from the World Social Forums Jackie Smith, Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, and Elizabeth Smythe Part I Background and Context 1 Social Forums as Public Stage and Infrastructure of Global Justice Movements Dieter Rucht 2 (In)Fertile Ground? Social Forum Activism in Its Regional and Local Dimensions Peter (Jay) Smith and Elizabeth Smythe 3 The Political and its Absence in the World Social Forum: Implications for Democracy in the Forum and in the World Teivo Teivainen 4 Surveys of World Social Forum Participants Show Influence of Place and Base in the Global Public Sphere Ellen Reese, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Kadambari Anantram, Gary Coyne, Matheu Kaneshiro, Ashley N. Koda, Roy Kwon, and Preeta Saxena Part II Campaigns and Movements in the Social Forum Process 5 More Than a Shadow of a Difference? Feminist Participation in the World Social Forum Lyndi Hewitt and Marina Karides 6 Indigenous Peoples and Social Forums Marc Becker and Ashley N. Koda 7 Building National Labor Solidarity: Unions and Labor Activists at the 2007 U.S. Social Forum Ellen Reese, Kadambari Anantram, Linda J. Kim, Roy Kwon, and Preeta Saxena 8 The World Social Forum as a Bounded Open Space: Maintain It, Fix It, or Nix It? Evidence from Post-9/11 Global Antiwar Activism Ruth Reitan 9 Our World Is Not for Sale! The WSF Process and Transnational Resistance to International Trade Agreements Elizabeth Smythe 10 Global Environmentalists and Their Movements at the World Social Forums Matheu Kaneshiro, Kirk S. Lawrence, and Christopher Chase-Dunn 11 The Road to the World Social Forum: The Case of the Dalit Movement Peter (Jay) Smith Part III Local Places and Global Spaces 12 African Voices and Activists at the WSF in Nairobi: The Uncertain Ways of Transnational African Activism Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle and Johanna Simeant 13 Global Movements in Local Struggles: Findings on the Social Forum Process in Italy Donatella della Porta and Lorenzo Mosca 14 Diverging Visions of Another World in the Making of the Quebec Social Forum Pascale Dufour and Janet Conway 15 In the Belly of Empire: The U.S. Social Forum Process Jeffrey S. Juris and Jackie Smith with the USSF Research Collective Part IV Democratic Innovations 16 Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Horizontalism and Blocked Diffusion Lesley J. Wood 17 Deliberative Discussion and Languages in the World Social Forum Process Nicole Doerr 18 Democratic Innovation in the U.S. and European Social Forums Jackie Smith and Nicole Doerr 19 Transnational Movement Innovation and Collaboration: Analysis of World Social Forum Networks Scott Byrd and Lorien Jasny Conclusion: The Space as Actor: The Form and Content of the Social Forum Process Thomas Ponniah References About the Contributors Index

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