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Paul Routledge and Andrew Cumbers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076855

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076855.001.0001

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Social Forums as convergence spaces

Social Forums as convergence spaces

(p.173) 7 Social Forums as convergence spaces
Global Justice Networks

Paul Routledge

Andrew Cumbers

Manchester University Press

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

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