Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital

Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital

by John Restakis

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Overview

Corporate Capitalism is failing to meet even the most basic needs of billions of people around the world, undermining the foundations of healthy societies, caring communities, and personal well-being. With over 800 million members in 85 countries the co-operative movement is positioned to help create a more equitable, just, and humane future.

Humanizing the Economy explores the rich history of this powerful grassroots movement and provides an in-depth look into real-world examples of organizing for social change including:

Emilia Romagna's co-operative economy in Northern Italy

Argentina's recovered factory movement

Japan's consumer and health co-operatives

Sri Lanka's small farmer movement for fair trade.

Highlighting the hopes and struggles of everyday people seeking to make their world a better place, Humanizing the Economy is essential reading for anyone who cares about social justice and the reform of economics and globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865716513
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 899,410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Restakis has been active in the co-op movement for 15 years. He is the Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association and has been a consultant for co-op development projects in Africa and Asia. A pioneering researcher into international co-operative economies, he writes and lectures on economic democracy and the role of co-operatives in humanizing economies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 The Grand Delusion 7

Homo Economicus 12

Industrialization and Social Defence 23

2 The Materialization of Dreams 27

The Age of Revolt 27

Rochdale 34

A Brief History of Nowhere 40

Co-operativism and Socialism 43

Socializing Capital 49

Stages of Co-operation 51

3 Co-operation Italian Style 55

The Fascist Repression 62

Renaissance of the Italian Co-operatives 69

4 The Emilian Model and the Socialization of Capital 73

The Rise of Regions 76

The Emilian Model 79

5 Social Co-ops and Social Care 87

On Civil Society and the Social Economy 93

On Reciprocity 96

Social Co-operatives 98

The Case for a Co-op Approach to Social Care 101

Beyond Defensiveness 108

Creating a Social Market 110

6 Japan 117

Product Labeling and Advocacy 126

Workers' Collective Movement 128

Health and Happiness 129

Elder Care 132

7 The Daughters of Kali 135

Sonagachi 137

The Stories 149

A Terrible Reflection 155

8 Fair Trade and the Empire of Tea 161

Fair Trade and Co-operation 167

The Fair Trade Network 168

Tea 169

The Small Organic Farmers Association 171

Fair Trade on the Ground 173

The Seductions of Success 176

Beyond Commodities-Going Glocal 179

The Future of Fair Trade 184

Politics 191

9 Argentina: Occupy, Resist, Produce 191

New World, Old Habits 194

Occupy Resist, Produce 196

Zanon 197

Co-op and Community 200

Brukman 202

An Awakening 205

The Road Ahead 213

10 The Crisis of Community 219

The Decline of Social Capital 223

The End of Authenticity 227

Shadowland 233

Reciprocity and Restoration 235

The Meaning of Work 237

11 Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital 241

The Future of an Idea 247

Happiness Matters 251

Commons Sense 255

Japan's Fishing Co-operatives 257

Ozone 258

Globalizing Localism 259

Notes 267

Index 287

About the Author 295

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