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Paul Routledge and Andrew Cumbers

5217P GLOBAL JUSTICE-PT/lb.qxd 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 12 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 42111 13/1/09 19:59 Page 173 7 Social Forums as convergence spaces The emergence of the World Social Forum (WSF), and its associated regional and local fora, is the most significant process of convergence for the diverse movements that have emerged to contest neoliberal globalisation. Beyond individual days of action, such as protests against G8, WTO, WB or IMF meetings, the establishment of the WSF signalled a step

in Global justice networks
Geographies of transnational solidarity

This book provides a critical investigation of what has been termed the ‘global justice movement’. Through a detailed study of a grassroots peasants' network in Asia (People's Global Action); an international trade union network (the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mining and General Workers); and the Social Forum process, it analyses some of the global justice movement's component parts, operational networks and their respective dynamics, strategies and practices. The authors argue that the emergence of new globally connected forms of collective action against neoliberal globalisation are indicative of a range of variously place-specific forms of political agency that coalesce across geographic space at particular times, in specific places and in a variety of ways. They also argue that, rather than being indicative of a coherent ‘movement’, such forms of political agency contain many political and geographical fissures and fault-lines, and are best conceived of as ‘global justice networks’: overlapping, interacting, competing and differentially placed and resourced networks that articulate demands for social, economic and environmental justice. Such networks, and the social movements that comprise them, characterise emergent forms of trans-national political agency. The authors argue that the role of key geographical concepts of space, place and scale are crucial to an understanding of the operational dynamics of such networks. Such an analysis challenges key current assumptions in the literature about the emergence of a global civil society.

Paul Routledge and Andrew Cumbers

transnational political agency. Seeking to go beyond wishful thinking about the potentialities of these GJNs, we ground our conceptual arguments in detailed empirical investigation of three critical strands of the ‘movement’: a grassroots peasants’ network; an international trade union network; and the Social Forum process. In this introductory chapter, we wish to outline the contours of this phenomenon before addressing the character of GJNs in more detail in subsequent chapters. Hence, this chapter firstly considers the rise of neoliberalism as a global economic project

in Global justice networks
Developing relations with the movements and broader European radical left
Richard Dunphy and Luke March

Introduction It was intrinsic to the EL's founding ethos that it was a bottom-up ‘networking party’ – aiming for the ‘integration of working groups and actors of all kinds’ in order to ‘open politics to citizens, and to carry through common demands by coordinated action’ (European Left, 2010b ). This networking identity was a natural result of the inclinations of EL founder parties such as the PRC and Synaspismós, which were central participants in the global justice movement via the European Social Forums; after all, this movement can be conceptualised as a

in The European Left Party
Greta Fowler Snyder

recognition’. In the second section, I explore the integrative function that ‘internally-oriented’ recognition politics (i.e. conducted both within progressive movements and between progressive movements) can serve, taking global feminism and the World Social Forum (WSF) as my points of reference. In the third section, I use the 2003 anti-war protests as an example of an ‘externally

in Recognition and Global Politics
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The National Women’s Council of Ireland
Joe Larragy

. Nevertheless, the Council had been invited – along with other constituencies marginalised by the policy process over the previous period – to participate in the National Economic and Social Forum on its establishment in 1993. However, the Council lacked a team of policy experts to back up its representatives on national bodies such as the NESF and social partnership. The same few people were trying to fill both roles. Noreen Byrne was unimpressed by the input of the Council at the time. It had wanted to be ‘in’, in her view, but was simply not prepared enough to play an

in Asymmetric engagement
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Living with scandal, rumour, and gossip

This book illuminates the personal experience of being at the centre of a media scandal. The existential level of that experience is highlighted by means of the application of ethnological and phenomenological perspectives to extensive empirical material drawn from a Swedish context. The questions raised and answered in this book include the following: How does the experience of being the protagonist in a media scandal affect a person’s everyday life? What happens to routines, trust, and self-confidence? How does it change the basic settings of his or her lifeworld?

The analysis also contributes new perspectives on the fusion between interpersonal communication that takes place face to face, such as gossip and rumours, and traditional news media in the course of a scandal. A scandal derives its momentum from the audiences, whose engagement in the moral story determines its dissemination and duration. The nature of that engagement also affects the protagonist in specific ways. Members of the public participate through traditional oral communication, one vital aspect of which is activity in digital, social forums.

The author argues that gossip and rumour must be included in the idea of the media system if we are to be able to understand the formation and power of a media scandal, a contention which entails critiques of earlier research. Oral interpersonal communication does not disappear when new communication possibilities arise. Indeed, it may be invigorated by them. The term news legend is introduced, to capture the entanglement between traditional news-media storytelling and oral narrative.

Community engagement and lifelong learning
Author: Peter Mayo

In this broad sweep, Mayo explores dominant European discourses of higher education, in the contexts of different globalisations and neoliberalism, and examines its extension to a specific region. It explores alternatives in thinking and practice including those at the grassroots, also providing a situationally grounded project of university–community engagement. Signposts for further directions for higher education lifelong learning, with a social justice purpose, are provided.

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Activism and design in Italy
Author: Ilaria Vanni

Precarious objects is a book about activism and design. The context is the changes in work and employment from permanent to precarious arrangements in the twenty-first century in Italy. The book presents design interventions that address precarity as a defuturing force affecting political, social and material conditions. Precarious objects shows how design objects, called here ‘orientation devices’, recode political communication and reorient how things are imagined, produced and circulated. It also shows how design as a practice can reconfigure material conditions and prefigure ways to repair some of the effects of precarity on everyday life. Three microhistories illustrate activist repertoires that bring into play design, and design practices that are grounded in activism. While the vitality, experimental nature and traffic between theory and praxis of social movements in Italy have consistently attracted the interest of activists, students and researchers in diverse fields, there exists little in the area of design research. This is a study of design activism at the intersection of design theory and cultural research for researchers and students interested in design studies, cultural studies, social movements and Italian studies.

Death and press photography in the anti-capitalist protests in Genoa 2001
Antigoni Memou

3 ‘When it bleeds, it leads’: death and press photography in the anti-capitalist protests in Genoa 2001 A n international protest was organised to coincide with the G8 summit taking place in Genoa from the 19 to 22 July 2001. The decision to mobilise an international protest was taken a year before at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Allegre in Brazil, and was put into practice by the Genoa Social Forum (GSF) and over 800 international organisations and various groups.1 The protest events gained their significance, if not their notoriety, not from the

in Photography and social movements