Placing Cooperation in Solidarity Economies: Transcritical Perspectives from Nicaragua

Authors: Bradley Wilson*, West Virginia University
Topics: Economic Geography, Geographic Thought, Social Theory
Keywords: Place, Cooperatives, Solidarity, Economies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Committee Room, Omni, West
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Why, how and where does cooperation take place in solidarity economies? In recent decades scholarship focused on diverse, ethical, moral, cooperative, community and solidarity economies has grown in parallel with a resurgence of movements struggling against oppression, advancing collective liberation and producing non-capitalist presents and futures. As such, how we theorize the relationship betweeen solidarity, cooperation and place is catching up with the experimental practice of cooperation in solidarity economies. In this paper I draw upon long-term research with Nicaraguan farming co-operatives, farmworker unions and transnational solidarity activists. I rest my parallax observations against a transcritical reading of the works of Alistair MacIntyre in relation to Luis Razeto, Raymond Williams, Kojin Karatani, Gayatri Spivak, and Clyde Woods.

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