"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
“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
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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