Jai Sen discusses his collections of writings on social justice with contributor Jeffrey Juris.
Our world today is not only a world in crisis but also a world in profound movement, with increasingly large numbers of people joining or forming movements: local, national, transnational, and global. The dazzling diversity of ideas and experiences recorded in this collection capture something of the fluidity within campaigns for a more equitable planet. This book, taking internationalism seriously without tired dogmas, provides a bracing window into some of the central ideas to have emerged from within grassroots struggles from 2006 to 2010. The essays here cross borders to look at the politics of caste, class, gender, religion, and indigeneity, and move from the local to the global.
Jai Sen is an activist/researcher/author in and on movement. Earlier an organiser in social movement living in Calcutta (now Kolkata), then a researcher into popular movement for a place to live, for the past decade and more he has worked to promote critical engagement with the World Social Forum and emerging world movement - as moderator of the listserve WSMDiscuss, as organiser of meetings and discussions across movements in the course of the World Social Forum, and as editor of several books. These include – with Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, and the late Peter Waterman -, World Social Forum : Challenging Empires (The Viveka Foundation, 2004 and then Black Rose, 2008) and with the late Peter Waterman, World Social Forum : Critical Explorations (OpenWord, 2012). He helped found and remains associated with CACIM and with OpenWord. He now lives both in New Delhi, India, and in Ottawa, on unceded Anishinaabe territory in Canada / on Turtle Island.
Jeffrey S. Juris is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of Networking Futures: the Movements against Corporate Globalization (Duke University Press, 2008), Global Democracy and the World Social Forums (co-author, Paradigm Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on social movements, transnational networks, new media, and political protest in Spain/Catalonia, Mexico, and the U.S.