The World and U.S. Social Forums

The World and U.S. Social Forums : A Better World is Possible and Necessary

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Since its first meeting in 2001 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the World Social Forum/U.S. Social Forum has worked towards imagining and implementing alternatives to the world-as-we-know-it by creating opportunities for its participants to build social networks, mobilize resources, voice their experiences of oppression, exchange ideas, and express their desire for a more equitable and reciprocal world. The WSF/USSF is dedicated to advancing the rights of all peoples, including women, indigenous groups, and minorities, and it subscribes to the ideals of participatory democracy, social and cultural pluralism, and the end of market tyranny. In this edited volume, Blau and Karides bring together a plurality of voices to offer a fresh perspective on the WSF/USSF as both an organization and as a force for social and political change. It is a useful resource for those familiar with the organization and an essential guide for those who wish to participate.
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739136895
  • 9780739136898

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface: Why Write about the World Social Forum Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: Social Forum Process: The USSF and Its Relation to the WSF Chapter 4 In Defense of World Social Forum VII Chapter 5 The U.S. Social Forum: Building from the Bottom Up Chapter 6 New Politics Emerging at the U.S. Social Forum Chapter 7 Another United States Is Happening: Building Today's Movement from the Bottom Up. The United States Social Forum and Beyond Chapter 8 A Different (Kind of) Politics is Possible: Conflict and Problem(s) at the USSF Part 9 Part II. Debates and Social Thought: Highlighting the World Social Forum Chapter 10 Reading Nairobi: Place, Space, and Difference at the 2007 World Social Forum Chapter 11 Is the World Social Forum the Privileged Space for Reinventing Labor as a Global Social Movement? Chapter 12 Is the World Social Forum a Democratic Global Civil Society? Chapter 13 Social Forums: Challenges and New Perspectives Part 14 Part III. Bridging Activism and Academics Chapter 15 Reformist Reforms: Non-Reformist Reforms and Global Justice: Activist, NGO, and Intellectual Challenges in the World Social Forum Chapter 16 Feminists and the Forum: Is it Worth the Effort? Chapter 17 Sociology, Human Rights, and the World Social Forum Chapter 18 Another Structure of Knowledge is Possible: The Social Forum Process and Academia Chapter 19 World Social Forum: Re-imaging Development and the Global South beyond the Neo-colonial Gaze
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About Judith Blau

Judith Blau is professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Marina Karides is associate professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University.
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