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Paula Chakravartty and Katharine Sarikakis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748618491

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618491.001.0001

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Civil society and social justice: the limits and possibilities of global governance

Civil society and social justice: the limits and possibilities of global governance

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(p.145) 6 Civil society and social justice: the limits and possibilities of global governance
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Media Policy and Globalization
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Paula Chakravartty

Katharine Sarikakis

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618491.003.0006

This chapter looks more closely at the material and symbolic debates around the Word Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), introduced in the previous chapter. Drawing of feminist political theory, this chapter argues that articulating a transnational social justice agenda must pay attention to questions of recognition and representation of unequally placed institutional actors, especially across North-South divides. Outlining the ambitious objectives and ultimately disappointing outcomes of the WSIS process, the chapter argues that the neutral role of civil society organizations in global governance regimes must be examined with much greater scrutiny and historical specificity to meaningfully challenge neoliberal information policy hegemony.

Keywords:   World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Transnational Social Justice, North-South Divides, Feminist Political Theory

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