University of California-Riverside††† Research Working Group on Transnational Social Movements

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We are collecting this survey of participants in the 2005 World Social Forum in order to learn more about the characteristics of people that participate in the Forum and their perceptions and beliefs about the relations among the participating social movements. We want to facilitate cooperation and concerted action by helping activists to understand the interconnections between different progressive movements. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. Please return it to the person who gave it to you when you are finished. Thank you.

 

I. Demographics:

 

(1) What is your gender? Check one.

oFemale†††††† oMale††††††††† oOther: _____________________________________________

 

(2) What is your age? Check one.

o11 or under††††††††††††††††††††† o12-14††††††† o15-17††††††† o18-25††††††† o26-35††††††† o36-45†††††††

o46-55†††††††††††††††††† o56-65††††††† o66-70††††††† o71 and above

 

(3) What is your race or ethnicity? Please write in.____________________________________

 

(4) In what country or countries do you have legal citizenship? ___________________________

 

(5) Where do you currently live?

City _____________________††††††††† Country _________________________

 

(6) Please CHECK all the languages you speak and CIRCLE your primary language.

oArabic†††††† oBengali†††††† oChinese††††† oEnglish††††† oFrench†††††† oGerman oHindi/Urdu††††† oJapanese†††††††††† oPortuguese oRussian††††† oSpanish††††† oTagalog

oOther: Please specify______________________________________________

 

(7) What is your current occupation? _______________________________________________

 

(8) What is your approximate current annual household income? ________________________

†††††††††† (a) What is the currency? ≠≠≠≠≠___________________________________________________

 

(9) Beginning with primary school, how many years of school have you completed? Check one.

oNone†††††††† o1-5††††††††††† o6-10††††††††† o11-15††††††† o16 or more

 

 

 

(10) What is your most advanced formal educational degree? ____________________________

(a) In what subject is that degree? Check one.

oNatural Sciences††† o Social Sciences††† oArts/Humanities†††† oTechnology

 

(11) Are you currently a student? Check one.†††††††††† oNooYes

†††††††††† (a) If yes, what are you studying? ____________________________________________

 

(12) Do you have access to the Internet? Check one. oNo oYes

†††††††††† (a) If yes, where?†††††† o Home†††††† oWork†††††††† oOther ______________________

 

II. Strategies:

 

(1) Do you think we need to reform capitalism or abolish it? Check one.

oReform it†† oAbolish it and replace with a better system

 

(2) Which of the following approaches would best solve the problems created by global capitalism?

oStrengthen the power of local communities†††††††† oStrengthen the power of nation states††††††

oCreate democratically-run global institutions

 

(3) In the long run, what do you think should be done about the existing international financial and trade institutions such as the IMF and the WTO? Check one.

oNegotiate with them††††††††† oAbolish them

oAbolish and replace them with democratically-run international institutions

 

(4) Do you think it is a good or bad idea to have a democratic world government? Check one.

oGood idea, and itís plausible†††††††† oGood idea, but not plausible††††††††† oBad idea

 

(5) Please rate your opinion on the following statement: "Overall the world needs less economic growth." Check one.

oStrongly agree†††††† oAgree††††††† oMildly agree†††††††††

oMildly disagree††††† oDisagree †† oStrongly disagree

 

(6) Please rate your opinion on the following statement: "The World Social Forum should remain as an open space for debate and should not itself take public positions on political issues." Check one.

oStrongly agree†††††† oAgree††††††† oMildly agree†††††††††

oMildly disagree††††† oDisagree †† oStrongly disagree

 

 

 

(7) Which groups, if any, do you think are underrepresented at the World Social Forum?

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

(8) What suggestion, if any, would you make to improve the World Social Forum?

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

III. World Social Forum Participation:

 

(1) In what year did you first participate in a public demonstration or protest? ______________

 

(2) In how many public protests or demonstrations did you participate in the last 12 months?

o 0††††††††††††† o1†††††††††††††† o2-4††††††††††† o5 or more

 

(3) Which of the prior World Social Forums have you attended? Check all that apply.††††††††

o2001††††††††† o2002††††††††† o2003††††††††† o2004††††††††† oNone

 

(4) Have you attended any of the regional social forums? oNo††††† oYes

(a) If yes, please list which ones: _____________________________________________

 

(5) What are your reasons for attending the World Social Forum? Check all that apply. †††††

oOrganize††† oNetwork††† oLearn about the issues†††††† oResearch††† oWork

oOther: _____________________________________________________________________

 

(6) Before arriving at the 2005 World Social Forum, did you have personal friends based in countries other than your country of residence? oNo†††††† oYes

†††††††††† (a) If yes, where? _________________________________________________________

 

(7) Which of the following types of organizations are you affiliated with? Check all that apply.

oLabor union(s)†††††††††††††††† oPolitical party(ies)††† oNon-governmental organization(s)

oGovernment agency(ies) oSocial movement or political organizationsoOther:_____________________________________________________________________

 

(a) Are any of these organizations funded solely by its members? oNo††††† oYes

 

(b) Do any of these organizations receive funding from foundations?oNo†† oYes

 

(8) Are you attending this forum on behalf of an organized group(s)? oNo oYes

(a) If yes, which type(s)? Check all that apply.

oLabor union(s)††††† oPolitical party(ies)††† oNon-governmental organization(s)

oGovernment agency(ies) oSocial movement or political organizationsoOther:________________________________________________________________

 

(b) Are any of these organizations funded solely by its members? oNo†††† oYes

 

(c) Do any of these organizations receive funding from foundations?oNo†† oYes

 

(9) Are you planning to report on your experiences at the World Social Forum to a group or organization back home or elsewhere? oNooYes

(a) If yes, which type(s)? Check all that apply.

oLabor union(s)††††† oPolitical party(ies)††† oNon-governmental organization(s)

oGovernment agency(ies) oSocial movement or political organizationsoOther:________________________________________________________________

 

(10) How did you fund your trip to the World Social Forum? Check all that apply.

oTravel funds from work††† oFunds from a political organization†††††††††† oPersonal funds oSponsorship from a business firm††††††††††††††††††††† oTravel funds from an educational institution

oFamily†††††† oFriends †††† oOther: _____________________________________________††

 

(11) Are you a formal member or representative on any of the WSF committees? oNo††† oYes (a) If yes, which? _________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IV. Movement Identification and Contradictions:

 

(1) Check all of the following movements with which you:

(a) strongly identify:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (b) are actively involved in:

oAlternative media/culture††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oAlternative media/culture

oAnarchist†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oAnarchist

oAnti-corporate†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oAnti-corporate

oAnti-globalization††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oAnti-globalization

oAlternative Globalization/Global Justice††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oAlternative Globalization/Global Justice

oHuman Rights/Antiracism†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oHuman Rights/Antiracism

oCommunist††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oCommunist

oEnvironmental†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oEnvironmental

oFair Trade/Trade Justice††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oFair Trade/Trade Justice

oGay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Rights†††††††††††††††† oGay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Rights††

oHealth/HIV††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oHealth/HIV

oIndigenous†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oIndigenous

oLabor†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oLabor

oNational Sovereignty/National Liberation†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oNational Sovereignty/National Liberation

oPeace/Anti-war††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oPeace/Anti-war

oFood Rights/Slow Food†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oFood Rights/Slow Food

oSocialist†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oSocialist

oWomen's/Feminist†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† oWomen's/Feminist

oOther(s), Please list _______________________††††††††††††††† oOther(s), Please list _______________________

 

(2a) Of the movements listed above, name the two or three pairs (e.g. environmental-labor) that have the most important contradictions between their goals and/or interests. For each of these contradictory pairs please write a short phrase that refers to the main issues.

Contradictory Pair††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Main Issue(s)††††††††††††††

 

_______________________††††††††††††† ________________________________________________

_______________________††††††††††††† ________________________________________________

 

_______________________††††††††††††† ________________________________________________

 

(b) How might these contradictions be resolved? ______________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

(3) Of the movements listed above, which have the biggest within-movement contradictions? Please write short phrase(s) describing these contradictions.

 

Movements that have major

internal contractions††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Main issue(s)††††††††††††††

 

_______________________††††††††††††† ________________________________________________

_______________________††††††††††††† ________________________________________________

 

_______________________††††††††††††† ________________________________________________

 

(4) How might actual or potential contradictions between the environmental movements and the labor movements be resolved? _____________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

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(5) How might actual or potential contradictions between the labor movements in the developed countries and the labor movements of the less developed countries be resolved? _____________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

 

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