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A different (kind of ) politics is possible: Conflict and problem(s) at the ussf

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The question of the "newness" of the politics emerging from spaces like social forums, and of the broader set of alter-globalization movements of which they are a part, has been highly contested in both academic and activist spheres. The object called feminism has always been rife with conflicts, rifts and problems. Open conflicts have taken place between and among women from different economic and cultural backgrounds, of different sexual and gender identities, and from and within different global regions. In the traditional understanding and practice of politics - specifically democratic politics - difference and conflict are generally seen as things to be overcome or transcended in order to achieve a greater unity, in order to come closer to the assumed goal of building a mass political subject.

Keywords: cultural backgrounds; feminism; political subject; social forum



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