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World Social Forum: Re-imaging development and the Global South beyond the Neo-Colonial Gaze

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This chapter has two parts with part one discussing how the conceptualization of development in hegemonic frameworks of development has enabled the reproduction of colonial systems of domination. The second section contends that the nascent nature of the World Social Forum (WSF) process notwithstanding, it provides a major political opportunity structure for the re-imagining of economic and political processes in the differentiated global South and of the South itself beyond the hegemonic European-North American neo-colonial gaze. The mapping out and consolidation of European imperialism in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean was in addition to military and economic power enabled by the construction of these regions in pathologic and racist terms. The domestication of capitalism in hegemonic theories of development enables its embedding in the global South as the only way to organize the economy.

Keywords: capitalism; neo-colonial gaze; racism; World Social Forum (WSF)



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