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By Boaventura de Sousa Santos

During this e-book the best sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos makes an impassioned case for the politicisation of the area Social Forum.   Since its inception in Porto Alegre in 2001, the area Social discussion board has refused to take political positions on global occasions, who prefer as an alternative to supply a platform for varied social events to come back together.  de Sousa Santos argues, even though, that the discussion board can basically have an understanding of its complete strength as a strength for social, financial and political switch, through taking a at once political stand opposed to the evils of neo-liberal globalization, conflict, famine and corruption.  via a close attention of the WSF's heritage and association, he demonstrates that it has regularly been an inherently political organization.  If, he claims, the WSF is ready to realize its capability as an establishment for a brand new type of subaltern, cosmopolitan politics, it is going to turn into an international strength to be reckoned with within the twenty first century. 

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The Not is the lack of something and the expression of the will to surmount that lack. : 306). To say No is to say yes to something different. In my view, the concept that rules the sociology of emergences is the concept of Not Yet. The Not Yet is the more complex category because it expresses what exists as mere tendency, a movement that is latent in the very process of manifesting itself. The Not Yet is the way in which the future is inscribed in the present. It is not an indeterminate or infinite future, rather a concrete possibility and a capacity that neither exist in a vacuum nor are completely predetermined.

Autonomy and difference presuppose that the movements condition their mobilization on having their own reasons to mobilize. That is why the procedure of translation is also fundamental in order to link the diverse and specific intellectual and cognitive resources that are expressed through the various modes of producing knowledge about counter-hegemonic initiatives and experiences. fourth logic, the logic of abstract universalism and global scale, by recuperating both hidden universal aspirations and alternative local/global scales that are not the result of hegemonic globalization.

None the less, they constitute the general political framework within which conflicts are fought out and solved or put away. Before I deal with this topic, I will state more clearly what I mean by the WSF. The broad definition presented in the Introduction is adequate to capture the general outlook of the utopian and epistemological dimensions of the WSF, but it is too general to capture the more specific political processes identified with the WSF. Since the latter are my analytical interest in this chapter, I move to a narrower definition.

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