Feminism in the space of the world social forum

Journal Article (Academic article)

Despite clear affinities, the integration of feminism into the World Social Forum remains uneven, in ways reminiscent of well-known histories of women's movements with various lefts. This essay draws on observations of the 2005 WSF at Porto Alegre, Brazil and the 2006 African Social Forum in Bamako, Mali, as well as secondary literature, to explore the articulation of transnational feminism and the World Social Forum. Using concrete practices, texts, and spaces, I discuss different dimensions of the interaction of feminism with the WSF, including political norms, political geography, and historical trajectories. The relation between feminism and the WSF hinges not only on how "feminist" the WSF is but also on what feminists are doing and trying to do at the Forum.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, A

Published Date

  • April 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 10 - 27

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-8706

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1539-8706