Social Forums as convergence spaces

Paul Routledge and Andrew Cumbers

in Global Justice Networks

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719076855
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702307 | DOI:
Social Forums as convergence spaces

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This chapter presents an analysis and interpretation of the World Social Forum (WSF) process. By its nature, its subject matter is broader and more discursive than the more specific case studies, but it also deals with the fundamental issues of solidarity, democracy, and grassroots engagement. More than any other development, the WSF process has come to embody the new democratic and participatory ideals of the broader international resistance against neoliberalism with its aspiration to provide an open and enabling space for debate about alternatives to neoliberalism.

Keywords: Social Forum process; solidarity; democracy; grassroots engagement; World Social Forum; neoliberalism

Chapter.  8294 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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