World Social Forum as a Complex Civil Society Network

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  • Networks Plus? – Encountering the complexity of the Forum. By Graeme Chesters. Contribution to Network Politics Reader.



"Graeme Chesters argues that the World Social Forum can only be understood by an analysis not just of its role within society, but also the complex dynamics within the Forum that have allowed conflictual voices and actions to co-exist. The decision to act in a decentralized, participatory and democratic manner has had a feedback loop and created “weak ties” that have reaffirmed this praxis and given the Forum a durability, strength and interconnectivity even as some groups have rejected it and have moved outside." (