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Description - Global Democracy and the World Social Forums by Jackie Smith

"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. audienceMany of the book's authors are well-known experts in the fields this book addressesThe 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 phenomenonThe World Social Forum is the most happening event on the planet and Americans are just starting to learn about itThis is a perfect handbook for those interested in social activism in the contemporary worldLeading 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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594514203
ISBN-10: 1594514208
Format: Hardback
(203mm x 127mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Paradigm
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith is Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Marina Karides is assistant professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University. Marc Becker teaches Latin American History at Truman State University. 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, University of California, Riverside, is the author of Rise and Demise: Comparing World-Systems (1997). Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute in Florence.

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