The ethics of engagement revisited: remembering the ESF 2004

Dowling, Emma (2005) The ethics of engagement revisited: remembering the ESF 2004. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, 5 (2) . pp. 205-215. ISSN 1473-2866 [Article]


The organisation of the third European Social Forum (ESF) in London was fraught with clashes between the different actors within the UK movements. My contribution here is a short excursion into my memories of the British preparatory process. I don’t intend to provide a political analysis, but rather to give a few glimpses of a personal story of a participant in the process. What struck me most about the organising process was the huge discrepancy between the political and ethical visions held out as alternatives by the activists involved in organising the ESF, and their actual behaviour towards one another in the process. Here, I explore some of the intense difficulties I experienced in trying to participate and describe some instances where my own political and ethical ideas clashed with those of the actors dominating the process. I conclude with a brief reflection on my views about political organising, ethics and social transformation.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 11753
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Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2013 05:09
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