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Labor Activists and the World Social Forum: Challenging Neoliberalism, Building International Labor Solidarity, and Strengthening Labor-Community Alliances

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Since it was first established in 2001, the World Social Forum has quickly become the largest international gathering of social activists who are opposed to neoliberalism and a key site for labor organizing. Using survey data from the 2005 and 2007 World Social Forum meetings, we examine the social characteristics and political views of labor activists attending these meetings, and how labor activists compare to other kinds of participants at the WSF. We also compare the characteristics of labor activists from the global north with those of their counterparts from the global south as well as explore the characteristics of labor activists that are more and less involved in other kinds of social movements. We discuss the implications that these survey findings have for understanding the challenges and prospects for building community-labor alliances and international labor solidarity. Using field notes from the 2007 WSF meeting in Nairobi, we then explore the various ways that labor activists are using this “open space” to challenge neoliberalism, coordinate transnational labor campaigns, strengthen international labor solidarity, and forge and solidify their ties to activists involved in other kinds of social movements. We also discuss the content of internal debates and discussions taking place at this historic meeting regarding how the labor movement can best challenge neoliberalism within the current global economy
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Name: ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES
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Reese, Ellen. and Chase-Dunn, Christopher. "Labor Activists and the World Social Forum: Challenging Neoliberalism, Building International Labor Solidarity, and Strengthening Labor-Community Alliances" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2016-06-07 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p251059_index.html>

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Reese, E. and Chase-Dunn, C. , 2008-03-26 "Labor Activists and the World Social Forum: Challenging Neoliberalism, Building International Labor Solidarity, and Strengthening Labor-Community Alliances" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA <Not Available>. 2016-06-07 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p251059_index.html

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Abstract: Since it was first established in 2001, the World Social Forum has quickly become the largest international gathering of social activists who are opposed to neoliberalism and a key site for labor organizing. Using survey data from the 2005 and 2007 World Social Forum meetings, we examine the social characteristics and political views of labor activists attending these meetings, and how labor activists compare to other kinds of participants at the WSF. We also compare the characteristics of labor activists from the global north with those of their counterparts from the global south as well as explore the characteristics of labor activists that are more and less involved in other kinds of social movements. We discuss the implications that these survey findings have for understanding the challenges and prospects for building community-labor alliances and international labor solidarity. Using field notes from the 2007 WSF meeting in Nairobi, we then explore the various ways that labor activists are using this “open space” to challenge neoliberalism, coordinate transnational labor campaigns, strengthen international labor solidarity, and forge and solidify their ties to activists involved in other kinds of social movements. We also discuss the content of internal debates and discussions taking place at this historic meeting regarding how the labor movement can best challenge neoliberalism within the current global economy


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