The World Social Forum
Strategies of Resistance

By José Corrêa Leite

Haymarket Books (2005, world English rights)

Paper • ISBN-13: 9781931859158 • US $12 • 7.1 in x 6.6 in • 264 pgs.




The inside story of how the worldwide movement against corporate globalization has become such a force.

The annual World Social Forum has become a key part of the international global justice movement, attracting hundreds of thousands of activists the world round. Here Leite lays out the origins, development, and challenges of this international movement for social, political, and economic justice.


“In January 2001, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 20,000 activists, students, film makers–some of the best minds in the world—came together to share their experiences and exchange ideas about confronting Empire. That was the birth of the now historic World Social Forum. It was the first, formal coming together of an exciting, anarchic, unindoctrinated, energetic, new kind of Public Power. The rallying cry of the WSF is ‘Another World is Possible’. It has become a platform where hundreds of conversations, debates, and seminars have helped to hone and refine a vision of what kind of world it should be. By January 2004, when the fourth WSF was held in Mumbai, India, it attracted 200,000 delegates. I have never been part of a more electrifying gathering.”

Arundhati Roy, author, The God of Small Things and War Talk


“José Corrêa’s book is not only a remarkable historical survey of the origins and development of the World Social Forum, but also a most insightful discussion of the main issues being confronted by the international movement against corporate globalization. An indispensable piece of reading for anybody that wants to understand one of the great social and political inventions of the new century.”

Michael Löwy, author, The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx




José Corrêa Leite is a member of the Brazilian Organizing Committee and of the Secretariat and International Council of the World Social Forum. He is a university professor and member of the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens (ATTAC). An editor of the journal Em Tempo, Leite edited the collection Marxism, Modernity and Utopia (2000), with chapters by Michael Löwy and Daniel Bensaïd (Xamã, 2000), and co-edited, with Isabel Loureiro e Maria Elisa Cevasco, The Spirit of Porto Alegre (2003).




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