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Transnational Imaginaries and Actions in the Global Justice Movement

Wennerhag, Magnus LU (2007) ECPR General Conference, 2007
Abstract
Drawing on results from a survey made at three local social forums held in Sweden, and interviews with activists taking part in the “co-ordination group” of one of these local forums (and to some extent interviews with Swedish local forum activists that visited the World Social Forum 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya), this paper focus on the transnational and the global dimension of activism within the global justice movement. Both actual participation and the imaginary dimension of the transnational is elaborated, in discussing how the different scales of activism is handled by participants in the movement. Beyond the simple binary opposition global-national, on which levels do activism occur, and to what degree can it be said to be transnational?... (More)
Drawing on results from a survey made at three local social forums held in Sweden, and interviews with activists taking part in the “co-ordination group” of one of these local forums (and to some extent interviews with Swedish local forum activists that visited the World Social Forum 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya), this paper focus on the transnational and the global dimension of activism within the global justice movement. Both actual participation and the imaginary dimension of the transnational is elaborated, in discussing how the different scales of activism is handled by participants in the movement. Beyond the simple binary opposition global-national, on which levels do activism occur, and to what degree can it be said to be transnational? And from the viewpoint of the activists, how do personal experiences of transnational political action effect movement tactics, world-views and understanding for political conditions in other countries? Furthermore, the paper investigates the role that the activists give to the local social forum, in relation to the global, or transnational, self-image within the global justice movement. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Drawing on results from a survey made at three local social forums held in Sweden, and interviews with activists taking part in the “co-ordination group” of one of these local forums (and to some extent interviews with Swedish local forum activists that visited the World Social Forum 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya), this paper focus on the transnational and the global dimension of activism within the global justice movement. Both actual participation and the imaginary dimension of the transnational is elaborated, in discussing how the different scales of activism is handled by participants in the movement. Beyond the simple binary opposition global-national, on which levels do activism occur, and to what degree can it be said to be transnational? And from the viewpoint of the activists, how do personal experiences of transnational political action effect movement tactics, world-views and understanding for political conditions in other countries? Furthermore, the paper investigates the role that the activists give to the local social forum, in relation to the global, or transnational, self-image within the global justice movement.},
  author       = {Wennerhag, Magnus},
  keyword      = {World Social Forum,the global justice movement,social movements,sociology,sociologi},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Transnational Imaginaries and Actions in the Global Justice Movement},
  year         = {2007},
}