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Windows on the Ninth World Social Forum in Belém

Velitchkova, A and Smith, J and Choi-Fitzpatrick, A (2009) Windows on the Ninth World Social Forum in Belém. Societies without Borders, 4 (2). 193 - 208. ISSN 1871-8868

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This essay provides three windows on the Ninth World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil. We show the multiple ways in which the World Social Forum's plurality and reflexivity challenge traditional dichotomies to build the foundation for a new politics. We argue that the social forum process has developed mechanisms for remaining an open space while simultaneously creating opportunities for unified collective action. We show that the Forum produces complex analyses and comes up with strategies that correspond to these analyses. We provide some evidence for how the social forum process is trying to overcome organizational challenges related to resource distribution and specialization by capitalizing on the network structure of its participants. Finally, we argue that the social forum process is also working on addressing spatial and temporal challenges by trying organizational innovations. © 2009 Brill Academic Publishers.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Velitchkova, A
Smith, Jjgsmith@pitt.eduJGSMITH0000-0002-4808-0391
Choi-Fitzpatrick, A
Date: 1 July 2009
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Societies without Borders
Volume: 4
Number: 2
Page Range: 193 - 208
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1163/187219109x447476
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1871-8868
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2014 22:33
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 16:55


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