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Civil society and social justice: the limits and possibilities of global governance

Paula Chakravartty and Katharine Sarikakis

in Media Policy and Globalization

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748618491
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670970 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618491.003.0006
Civil society and social justice: the limits and possibilities of global governance

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This chapter looks more closely at the material and symbolic debates around the Word Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), introduced in the previous chapter. Drawing of feminist political theory, this chapter argues that articulating a transnational social justice agenda must pay attention to questions of recognition and representation of unequally placed institutional actors, especially across North-South divides. Outlining the ambitious objectives and ultimately disappointing outcomes of the WSIS process, the chapter argues that the neutral role of civil society organizations in global governance regimes must be examined with much greater scrutiny and historical specificity to meaningfully challenge neoliberal information policy hegemony.

Keywords: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS); Transnational Social Justice; North-South Divides; Feminist Political Theory

Chapter.  9640 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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