this is the draft of a chapter included in the forthcoming collection “insurgent encounters” edited by j. juris and a. khasnabish
in this chapter i discuss the concept and practice of transformative ethnography as developed through and applied to engagement within a networked space of transnational encounter: the world social forum (wsf). transformative ethnography seeks to contribute to the debate on engaged ethnography as a practice of change (cf. low and merry 2010; Lassiter 2005, 2008, hale 2006, 2008, juris 2007, 2008; scheper-hughes 1995) through the theoretical and practical insights of transformative mediation (bush and folger 2005). it also resonates with the values of the wsf as enshrined in its charter of principles and as i experienced them.