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Transforming place, placing transformation: an evaluation of the World Social Forum 2004

Kapadia, Kamal and Ghertner, D. Asher (2005) Transforming place, placing transformation: an evaluation of the World Social Forum 2004. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 7 (1). pp. 118-130. ISSN 1369-801x

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Abstract

This paper describes the political context of the 2004 World Social Forum (WSF) held in Mumbai, India from January 16-21, 2004. Using a concept of 'place' borrowed from Doreen Massey, it argues that most academic reviews of the WSF employ an abstract notion of globalization that is detached from the everyday struggles of the majority of WSF participants. These reviews then argue that the WSF should advance a unified 'alternative globalization' platform. With close attention to the range of struggles represented at the WSF, this paper warns against the call for a unified vision and method of change and shows how these struggles defy generalized definitions of change.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/1369801X...
Additional Information: © 2005 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 16:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31977/

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