Micro-Experiments in Alternatives

Shorthose, James (2000) Micro-Experiments in Alternatives. Capital & Class, 24 (3). pp. 191-208. ISSN 0309-8168

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F030981680007200109

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Abstract

This article explores the potential of various experiments in alternative social and economic organisation which occur at grassroots levels. It is informed by the critical theories of André Gorz, Herbert Marcuse and Ivan Illich, and the radical design theory of Victor Papanek. Contemporary capitalism continues, and often results in many people facing the prospect of long term economic insecurity. In contrast the article discusses micro-experiments such as Local Exchange Trading Schemes, Credit Unions, Income-Pooling Schemes, Self-building, and other related projects. It suggests that they hold the potential for a more convivial and sustainable future as well as empowering individuals to maintain a greater sense of economic security and an expanded sphere of autonomy away from the vagaries of the market. © 2000, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

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