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Making sense of the social forum: on the local framing of fashionable global symbol
Linköpings universitet. (Utbildning & Demokrati)
2009 (English)In: Journal of contemporary ethnography, ISSN 0891-2416, E-ISSN 1552-5414, Vol. 38, no 4, p. 435-464Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The worldwide emergence of Social Forums (SF), originating from Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 2001, is a key element in the movement for global justice. A growing body of literature on the forums concerns its function as a transnational venue for civil society and a global symbol for resistance against neoliberalism. However, little empirical research is carried out on the local meanings of the widespread SFs. This article reports on a case study on the organizational process of a local forum in a Swedish town. The analysis focuses on intracoalitional interaction among activists from the labor movement, Attac, and a local cultural institution. The importance of considering local framing processes and the often-neglected influence of fashion when studying the emergence of SFs is emphasized. Findings show how the dichotomy the Old versus the New became crucial in the framing process. Framed as a novelty contrasted with “old” socialist values, the SF was rejected by the labor movement activists as just another expression of a contemporary neoliberal trend of depoliticization. Implications for the study of the social forum phenomenon are discussed.

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2009. Vol. 38, no 4, p. 435-464
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-21350DOI: 10.1177/0891241608330355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-21350DiVA, id: diva2:484127
Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-26 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. I skärningspunkten mellan det globala och det lokala: tolkningsprocesser och koalitionsbyggande i organiseringen av lokala sociala forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I skärningspunkten mellan det globala och det lokala: tolkningsprocesser och koalitionsbyggande i organiseringen av lokala sociala forum
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2008. p. 87
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Linköping studies in behavioural science, ISSN 1654-2029 ; 125
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Educational Sciences
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Education
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-21353 (URN)978-91-85523-00-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-26 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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