Global Democracy and the World Social Forums

ISBN-10: 1612056458
ISBN-13: 9781612056456
Edition: 2nd 2014 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/30/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The World Social Forum quickly became the largest political gathering in human history and continues to offer a direct challenge to the extreme inequities of corporate-led globalisation. It has expanded beyond a single event to spin-offs in a variety of countries, and the forums continue to be an exciting experiment in global and participatory democracy.The book's contributors have participated in World Social Forums around the globe. Recounting dozens of dramatic firsthand experiences from their attendance, they 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 this second edition, Global Democracy shows how the World Social Forums have developed since their inception in 2001 and how they are now connected with other global movements including Occupy, the Arab Spring and beyond.

Jackie Smith is Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburg. She is also the editor of Journal of World-Systems Research. Smith's most recent books include Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation, with Dawn Wiest; Handbook on World Social Forum Activism, co-edited with Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, & Elizabeth Smythe; Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding, co-edited with Ernesto Verdeja, and Social Movements for Global Democracy (2008).

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 is associate professor of history at Truman State University. He is the author ofIndians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador’s Modern Indigenous MovementsandHistoria Agraria y Social de Cayambe.

Dorval Brunelle is professor of sociology and director of the Observatory of the Americas at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Christopher Chase-Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California-Riverside. Chase-Dunn is the founder and former editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research and author most recently of Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present (Paradigm 2013).

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