Over the last two decades, we have witnessed a sea change in the
nature of activism: NGOs, and social movements are increasingly
networking, coordinating action, launching campaigns, petitioning,
lobbying, protesting, and framing their demands and visions at the
international level of contention. This new study examines why and
how this has come about and explores the special role of the World
Social Forum. This is also the first comprehensive study of eight
key transnational protest networks: Jubilee Network, Our World Is
Not for Sale, Via Campesina, ATTAC, Association for the Taxation of
Financial Transactions in Order to Aid Citizens, Friends of the
Earth International, World March of Women, Peoples' Global Action
and General Assembly of the Anti-War Movement. It shows how these
growing transnational networks have even forged a unique and
autonomous space, the 'World Social Forum', in which to deepen and
broaden their transnational ties and collective visions for
building 'other possible worlds' beyond neoliberalism.; This
important new volume is based on participant observation and over
100 tape recorded interviews at WSF and European Social Forums,
print and electronic literature on activist networks and protest
events, e-mailed questionnaires, and culling scholarly and activist
literature on globalization, transnational civil society, social
movements theory, and activism against neoliberal globalization and
militarism. This book will be of great interest to students of
globalization and resistance to it, particularly on courses of
International Relations/ Global Studies, International Political
Economy, and Sociology, globalization, contemporary social
movements, transnational civil society, non-violent struggle,
social movements theory, and courses in International Relations
examining non-state, transnational actors.
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