Observing Protest from a Place: The World Social Forum in Dakar (2011)
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Observing Protest from a Place: The World Social Forum in Dakar (2011)

By Johanna Siméant
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Social movements throughout the world have been central to history, politics, society, and culture. Observing Protest froma Place examines the impact of one such campaign, the global justice movement, as seen from the southern hemisphere. Drawing upon a collective survey from the 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar, the essays explore a number of vital issues, including the methodological problems of studying international activist gatherings and how scholars can overcome those challenges. Bydemonstrating the importance of the global justice movement and the role of nongovernmental organizations for participantsin the southern hemisphere, this volume is an important addition to the literature on community action.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Table of contents
    • Acknowledgements
    • Introduction
      • Johanna Siméant, Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle and Isabelle Sommier
      • 1 Methodological reasons for observing a WSF in Africa
      • 2 The division of labor and the paradoxes of activist internationalization
      • 3 Contexts of international collective action
    • 1 What can quantitative surveys tell us about GJM activists?
      • Isabelle Sommier
      • 1.1 Data and methods
      • 1.2 The seemingly convergent portrait of the alter-global activist
      • 1.3 The evolution of the multi-organizational field of alter-globalism: a delicate comparison
      • 1.4 Conclusion
    • 2 Activist encounters at the World Social Forum
      • Nationalism and sovereignty in an internationalized event
        • Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle
      • 2.1 Internationalized nationalism and sovereignty
      • 2.2 The misunderstanding that produces nationalist commitments
      • 2.3 Conclusion
    • 3 Mapping a population and its taste in tactics
      • Johanna Siméant, with Ilhame Hajji
      • 3.1 What do we know about how familiar alter-globalization activists are with protest practices?
      • 3.2 Familiarity with protest practices among the respondents at the Dakar WSF
      • 3.3 Using Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA) and Ascending Hierarchical Clustering to study populations “in a situation of militancy” in an international event
      • 3.4 Ascending Hierarchical Clustering, composition of groups of participants, and “bringing real people back in” through paragons
      • 3.5 Conclusion
    • 4 Women’s issues and activists at the World Social Forum in Dakar
      • Julie Castro
      • 4.1 Transnational, but not only: the actors of women’s issues in Dakar
      • 4.2 Strategies, tensions, and blind spots around women’s issues in Dakar
    • 5 Division of labor and partnerships in transnational social movements
      • Observations of North-South and South-South interactions at the World Social Forum
        • Hélène Baillot, Isaline Bergamaschi and Ruggero Iori
      • 5.1 Acting “on behalf of” or acting “with.” Methods of North-South cooperation at the Forum
      • 5.2 South-South interactions at the WSF: another kind of cooperation?
    • 6 Making waste (in)visible at the Dakar World Social Forum
      • A Goffmanian perspective on a transnational alter-global gathering
        • William Herrera, Alice Judell and Clément Paule
      • 6.1 Waste management as stage-setting for a transnational alter-global event
      • 6.2 Audiences
      • 6.3 Backstage tactics and the boundaries of an institutionalized activist space
    • 7 Latin Americans at the World Social Forum in Dakar
      • The relationship between the alter-global movement and the institutional sphere
        • Isaline Bergamaschi, Tania Navarro Rodríguez and Héloïse Nez
      • 7.1 The singularity of the Latin Americans’ relationship to politics
      • 7.2 Explaining Latin American singularity: a specific militant profile
      • 7.3 Conclusion
    • 8 Groups and organizations at the WSF
      • Polarities, intermediaries, and hierarchies in the alter-global arena
        • Johanna Siméant, with Ilhame Hajji
      • 8.1 Between material support of mobilization and ideological indicators: a forum portrait through organizations
      • 8.2 Organizational space and social space
      • 8.3 Understanding the affinities between organizations
    • 9 Stepping back from your figures to figure out more
      • Ilka Vari-Lavoisier
      • 9.1 Why and how to inquire about “no-replies”
      • 9.2 A panorama of “no-replies” in the WSF survey
      • 9.3 Do the conditions of participation shape the modalities of participation?
      • 9.4 When “no-replies” question the question
      • 9.5 Level of instruction, social capital, and political competence
      • 9.6 Feeling of political competence and nationality
      • 9.7 Conducting surveys in several languages: methodological challenges
      • 9.8 Insurmountable difficulties? Different worlds of meaning
      • 9.9 Conclusion: what no-replies reveal
    • 10 Conclusion
      • Johanna Siméant
    • Technical appendix: Surveying an international event through a multinational team
    • General data on participants
    • Appendix to Chapter 8 on groups and organizations: Clusters obtained by Ascending Hierarchical Clustering
    • Questionnaire for participants to the Dakar World Social Forum
    • Editor’s biographies
    • Bibliography
    • Index
      • Author’s names
      • Concepts and notions
      • Organizations, places and public persons’ names
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