Beyond the World Social Forum : a study of the dynamic between NGOs and social movements

This research project is a study of the inner tension as well as divergence and convergence between the thinking and practice of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and social movements in India, against the backdrop of the World Social Forum (WSF), the ‘movement of movements’, that took place in Mumbai in January 2004. The never-fully-reconciled relationship between NGOs and social movements has got as it were a new lease of life in the context of what some perceive to be the increasingly problematic dominance of NGOs in the WSF.

Apart from referring to the literature available on social movements, NGOs and the WSF, the study will be based on fieldwork and meetings and interviews with the people participating in the WSF India process. It proceeds by taking account of the differences between the positions of NGOs and radical social movements. The problematic then consists of examining how, given that both are participating in the WSF India, this affects and influences the WSF process itself. What for example are the political and organizational faults and fissures that show up in the WSF India, given the increasing presence of NGOs since its inception three years earlier. Conceptually, the study will be operationalised through the prism of the concepts of the state and civil society.

Presented Papers

- "Labour and Global Civil Society: The World Social Forum in India", written by GIRI Saroj for the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies. Took place in Lund University, Sweden, 6-9 July 2004.
- "Global Civil Society and Traditional Struggles; New Subjectivity in the light of the WSF in India", written by GIRI Saroj for International Sociological Association Confe-rence Globalisation and New Subjectivities. Took place in Paris, 11-12 June 2004.

Reports

- "Resisting Neo-liberal Globalisation? A Study of Social Movements and the World Social Forum in India", written by GIRI Saroj edited by CSH, New Delhi (110 pages). Year of publishing: 2004.

Other Activities

-Anti-Globalisation Movement in India, written by: GIRI S.. Took place in the Altermondialist festival, Charivari, organised in Paris by Vive l'action pour une Mondialisation des solidarités (VAMOS), Paris in the Altermondialist festival, Charivari, organised in Paris by Vive l'action pour une Mondialisation des solidarités (VAMOS), Paris.
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