The Globalization of the World Social Forum Essay

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What is globalization to you? Are you in favor of, against, or simply indifferent to globalization? As we move further into the twenty-first century, we find ourselves easily attracted to catch phrases and popular movements of the time. In the last ten years, the term “globalization” has emerged as a buzzword among those in both the economic and social spheres of daily life. Usually, with every movement comes a form of resistance, therefore, somewhat appropriately, with globalization comes anti-globalization. Many actors are associated with both the globalization movement and its opposite, among which are individuals, states, and various organizations. The two actors that most intrigued and puzzled me were, what seemed to me, to be…show more content…
The WSF, in a span of two years, has mobilized hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe, towards a movement which originated with the purpose of standing in opposition to the WEF. Since the first world encounter in 2001, the WSF has evolved into an ongoing global gathering of social movements, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other civil society organizations who oppose an international neo-liberal economic regime characterized by corporate-led globalization and economic imperialism, and who come together to propose ideas, deliberate democratically, formulate alternatives, and share their experiences. It appeared that the WSF was in fact using the process of globalization itself as their means to combat the WEF. It seemed to me to be too contradictory not to explore. This led me to ask myself, “Does the World Social Forum, with its aim to stand in opposition to globalization and the World Economic Forum, in fact actually contribute to the globalization movement? ” This is the question I will be addressing in this paper. THEORY Globalization has certainly been among the most widely used - and misused - keywords in disputes of recent years, and will most likely continue to be during the coming years as well. However, it is also one of the most rarely defined, the most nebulous and misunderstood, as well as the most politically effective.
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