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New politics emerging at the US social forum

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The World Social Forum (WSF) process represents an important innovation in political practice that can help democratize national and global politics. Changes in the organization of the global economic system have contributed to the fragmentation of local communities and the depoliticization of citizens. Using participant observation methods to examine how different groups mobilized at the United States Social Forum (USSF), the chapter considers whether and how this new politics was evident in the first USSF. Christopher Hausmann attended preparatory meetings of activists traveling to the USSF from Chicago, and he rode the bus with the group and observed sessions organized and attended by one of the lead groups in that coalition. Rachel V. Kutz-Flamenbaum examined the feminist presence at the Forum. And Jackie Smith engaged the USSF process to try to develop new strategies for peace and justice organizing.

Keywords: Christopher Hausmann; global politics; Jackie Smith; Rachel V. Kutz-Flamenbaum; United States Social Forum (USSF)



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