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The Intercontinental Youth Camp 2001-2005 : Linking Open Space Activism, the World Social Forum, and Imaginaries for Alternative Worlds Download

Daniel H.O. Morrison

The Intercontinental Youth Camp (IYC) has opened distinctive spaces of experience to link activist networks, the World Social Forum (WSF), and alternative imaginaries. It originated in reaction to the inaugural WSF in Porto Alegre, Brazil, although both initiatives emerged in 2001 in broader struggles to challenge neoliberal globalization. Some 80,000 campers from diverse backgrounds and mostly under 30 lived in the five Camps, which lasted from six to ten days. Four took place in Porto Alegre and the other (in 2004) in Mumbai, India. The IYC's central imaginary of horizontal self-management was largely shaped by Camp organizers and key volunteering onsite; the WSF and local political conditions were also crucial. While the Camps exhibited contradictions – such as those arising from hierarchical leadership and many participants more interested in apolitical partying than in social change – they cultivated exciting possibilities for an emerging new political generation of human agents.


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Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement

Author: Luis A. Fernandez
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS, March 2008

A firsthand account of the changing nature of control efforts employed by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies when confronted with mass activism. Based on ethnographic research, and using an incisive, cutting-edge theoretical framework, Fernandez maps the use of legal, physical, and psychological approaches. This book does not merely seek to explain the causal relationship between repression and mobilization. Rather, it shows how social control strategies act on the mind and body of protesters. Read More


Networking Futures: The Movements against Corporate Globalization

Author: Jeffrey S. Juris,

Copyright Duke University Press, 2008.

In 2001 and 2002, the anthropologist Jeffrey S. Juris participated in the Barcelona-based Movement for Global Resistance, one of the most influential anti–corporate globalization networks in Europe. Juris took part in hundreds of meetings, gatherings, protests, and online discussions. Those experiences form the basis of Networking Futures, an innovative ethnography of transnational activist networking within the movements against corporate globalization. In an account full of activist voices and on-the-ground detail, he explains how activists are not only responding to growing poverty, inequality, and environmental devastation but also building social laboratories for the production of alternative values, discourses, and practices.


A bibliography on the policing and repression of anti-globalisation protests and movements drawing on a variety of sources - academic, media, movement and security forces. Tomás Mac Sheoin, First draft, March 21 2008 Download



The World Social Forum: Challenging Empires, Second Edition

Jai Sen, Peter Waterman, editors

Experimenting with a politics that can cope with uncertainty.


This comprehensive volume provides a glimpse into the wide-ranging discussions, debates and arguments which have gone into making the World Social Forum (WSF) one of the more prominent platforms of alternative ideas and practices in the present world. Building on the First Edition (published in India by the Viveka Foundation, New Delhi in 2004), this Second Edition has been revised and updated to include coverage of those Social Forums that took place as recent as the summer of 2007. Read More



The World Social Forum: Challenging Empires

The book content is available in Pdf format HERE

The first book on the WSF to be published in English from the South. An anthology of essays on the theory and practice of the WSF, edited by Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar and Peter Waterman; published by The Viveka Foundation.


A Political Programme for the World Social Forum ?

Democracy, Substance and Debate in the Bamako Appeal and the Global Justice Movements. A Reader

Jai Sen and Madhuresh Kumar with Patrick Bond and Peter Waterman; Compilers. January 2007. Published by CACIM, New Delhi and CCS pos software (external link), Durban. Read More (external link)



Talking New Politics: Are Other Worlds Possible?

Edited by Jai Sen and Mayuri Saini

In the run-up to the fourth World Social Forum held in Mumbai, India in January 2004, civil activists and students organized a major series of seminars in Delhi University to discuss the Forum and its politics. This book, the first in a series that explore the new ideas generated by the discussions.Read More

World Social Movement Bibliography on WSF & the Global Solidarity and Justice Movement.

Prepared by Jai Sen and Peter Waterman, with Madhuresh Kumar. December 2003. Download



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