Expanding the Scope of Deliberation: Indigenous Concerns at the World Social Forum
Posted: 29 Mar 2010
Deliberative democratic theory proposes a system of governance based on inclusion of diverse opinion through rational deliberation. As a site of deliberation, the World Social Forum both advocates for greater inclusion of indigenous populations in political discussion worldwide, and attempts to include those populations in internal debate. The Forum has responded to criticism from within and without that they have not authentically incorporated indigenous concerns. Through formal means, such as including indigenous representatives in planning processes, and informal means, such as allowing demonstrations and cultural celebrations, the WSF has recognized the need to 'expand the scope of political responsibility' through genuine inclusion of indigenous populations. The continued refinement of methods of inclusion and response to criticism is part of what makes the WSF a democratic body.
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