Global Democracy and the World Social Forums

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Zusatztext "A must read if you want to understand the harsh economic conditions and the political meanness of the world?a cabal of robber barons 'gone wild' on the international landscape and the peoples' fight-back to reclaim their humanity and dignity! to restore a safe and clean world environment and to create a fair and just world in which democracy works for all peoples."-Dr. Gwen Patton! long-time human rights activist Zusammenfassung "Davos" has become synonymous with everything bad about globalization-capitalist imperialism! elitism! secrecy! and antidemocratic operations. Dating from the first confrontations at the World Economic Forum in Davos! Switzerland! in 2001! the World Social Forum has become the largest political gathering in human history and offers a direct challenge to the extreme inequities of corporate-led globalization. The forums are an experiment in global and participatory democracy! bringing together networks! organizations! and activists from around the world to create visions of a just and liberated global society. This book is itself an experiment in collaboration among twelve leading scholars! all of whom have participated in World Social Forums around the globe. Recounting dozens of dramatic firsthand experiences from their attendance! these authors draw on their knowledge of global politics to introduce the World Social Forum process! explain its foundations! and discuss its relevance to ongoing transnational efforts toward freedom! peace! and democracy. In keeping with the spirit of the World Social Forums and the collaborative authorship of the book! royalties will be donated to Grassroots Global Justice. This is the first book we know of on the World Social Forum process that specifically addresses a nonspecialist U.S. audience Many of the book's authors are well-known experts in the fields this book addresses The book's multiple authors have participated in all of the World Social Forums and in many regional and local ones! offering a unique approach to analyzing this major global phenomenon The World Social Forum is the most happening event on the planet and Americans are just starting to learn about it This is a perfect handbook for those interested in social activism in the contemporary world Leading scholars wrote this book for a general readership including activists and students to alert them to the World Social Forum! currently the most significant global political event Inhaltsverzeichnis List of illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Globalization and the Emergence of the World Social Forums Chapter 2: What Are the World Social Forums? Chapter 3: Who Participates in the World Social Forums? Chapter 4: Reformism or Radical Change: What Do World Social Forum Participants Want? Chapter 5: Global or Local: Where the Action? Chapter 6: Conclusion: The World Social Forum Process and Global Democracy Appendix: World Social Forum Charter of Principles Notes References Resources About the Authors Index ...

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Jackie Smith is Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is author of Global Visions/Rival Networks: Social Movements for Global Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press 2007). She has coedited three books and numerous articles on transnational activism, including Coalitions across Borders: Transnational Protest in a Neoliberal Era (with Joe Bandy), which explores how people have developed organizations and techniques to build transnational alliances among people of widely varying cultural, political, and economic backgrounds. Marina Karides is assistant professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University. She is an active participant in the World Social Forums and Sociologists Without Borders. Her recent work considers gendered dimensions of globalization and the global justice movement. She has published articles in Social Problems, Social Development Issues, and International Sociology and Social Policy and multiple chapters that critically examine microenterprise development and the plight of informally self-employed persons in the global south. She is currently writing a book on street vendors and spacial rights in the global economy. Marc Becker teaches Latin American History at Truman State University. His research focuses on constructions of race, class, and gender within popular movements in the South American Andes. He has a forthcoming book on the history of indigenous movements in twentieth-century Ecuador. He is an Organizing Committee member of the Midwest Social Forum (MWSF), a Steering Committee member and web editor for Historians Against the War (HAW), and a member of the Network Institute for Global Democratization (NIGD). Dorval Brunelle is professor of sociology and director of the Observatory of the Americas at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). He has published extensively on Quebec and the Canadian political economy, law and social exclusion, and social dimensions of globalization. His latest book, Derive globale, has been translated into English as From World Order to Global Disorder: States, Markets, and Dissent (2007). Brunelle has edited or coedited numerous books on global integration, and his current research addresses the World Social Forum process and market liberalization and gender issues. Christopher Chase-Dunn, University of California, Riverside, is the author of Rise and Demise: Comparing World-Systems (Westview, 1997). Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute in Florence. Her most recent book is Globalization from Below (2006), and a second edition of Social Movements: An Introduction (2006). Contributors include: Massimiliano Andretta, Angel Calle, Helene Combes, Donatella della Porta, Nina Eggert, Marco Giugni, Jennifer Hadden, Manuel Jimenez, Raffaele Marchetti, Lorenzo Mosca, Mario Pianta, Herbert Reiter, Christopher Rootes, Dieter Rucht, Clare Saunders, Isabelle Sommier, Sidney Tarrow, Simon Teune, Mundo Yang.



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"Davos" has become synonymous with everything bad about globalization-capitalist imperialism, elitism, secrecy, and antidemocratic operations. Dating from the first confrontations at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2001, the World Social Forum has become the largest political gathering in human history and offers a direct challenge to the extreme inequities of corporate-led globalization. The forums are an experiment in global and participatory democracy, bringing together networks, organizations, and activists from around the world to create visions of a just and liberated global society. This book is itself an experiment in collaboration among twelve leading scholars, all of whom have participated in World Social Forums around the globe. Recounting dozens of dramatic firsthand experiences from their attendance, these authors draw on their knowledge of global politics to introduce the World Social Forum process, explain its foundations, and discuss its relevance to ongoing transnational efforts toward freedom, peace, and democracy.Includes contributions by Marc Becker, Dorval Brunelle, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Donatella della Porta, Rosalba Icaza Garza, Jeffrey S. Juris, Lorenzo Mosca, Ellen Reese, Peter (Jay) Smith, and Rolando Vazquez.

Inhalt
List of illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Globalization and the Emergence of the World Social Forums Chapter 2: What Are the World Social Forums? Chapter 3: Who Participates in the World Social Forums? Chapter 4: Reformism or Radical Change: What Do World Social Forum Participants Want? Chapter 5: Global or Local: Where the Action? Chapter 6: Conclusion: The World Social Forum Process and Global Democracy Appendix: World Social Forum Charter of Principles Notes References Resources About the Authors Index

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Produktinformationen

Titel
Global Democracy and the World Social Forums
Autor
EAN
9781594514203
ISBN
978-1-59451-420-3
Format
Fester Einband
Herausgeber
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Genre
Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten
192
Gewicht
295g
Größe
H229mm x B152mm
Jahr
2011
Untertitel
Englisch
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