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The Globalization Movement And World Social Forum: From Protest To Politics

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Despite its prevalence, neoliberalism has also given birth to an expansive network of social and political movementscalled the Globalization Movement (GM). The GM has complemented their protest activity with the World Social Forum (WSF), an annual meeting aimed at creating alternative models of economic development and political participation. This chapter looks at the various contributions of the movements and organizations that comprised the GM and WSF, and conflicts among them over issues of political organization. It discusses of the ideological and historical origins of neoliberalism, and its political economic, and social character, in order to set the stage for an evaluation of the strategies and political alternatives developed by contemporary anti-neoliberal movements. The chapter shows how GM and WSF constituents have conceptualized social change in the 21st century and balanced their ideas regarding freedom and autonomy with the organizational requisites of fighting neoliberal reform and building a democratic, egalitarian society.

Keywords: Globalization Movement (GM); political alternatives; protest activity; World Social Forum (WSF)



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