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Performing Values Practices and Grassroots Organizing: The Case of Solidarity Economy Initiatives in Greece

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Άρθρο που γράψαμε από κοινού με την Καθ. Μαρία Δασκαλάκη (University of Roehampton) και την Καθ. Μαριάννα Φωτάκη (University of Warwick) και δημοσιεύθηκε πρόσφατα στην επιθεώρηση Organisation Studies, 2018 – Online first.
https://www.academia.edu/37705867/Performing_Values_Practices_and_Grassroots_Organizing_The_Case_of_Solidarity_Economy_Initiatives_in_Greece

This is a paper co-authored with Prof. Maria Daskalaki (University of Roehampton) and Marianna Fotaki (University of Warwick) and published at Organisation Studies, 2018 – Online first.

Abstract
This article discusses solidarity economy initiatives as instances of grassroots organizing, and explores how ‘values practices’ are performed collectively during times of crisis. In focusing on how power, discourse and subjectivities are negotiated in the everyday practices of grassroots exchange networks (GENs) in crisis-stricken Greece, the study unveils and discusses three performances of values practices, namely mobilization of values, re-articulation of social relations, and sustainable living. Based on these findings, and informed by theoretical analyses of performativity, we propose a framework for studying the production and reproduction of values in the context of GENs, and the role of values in organizing alternatives.

Keywords: financial crisis, Gibson-Graham, grassroots exchange network (GEN), Greece, Judith Butler, performance, values practices

Grassroots economic initiatives in Greece: challenges under neoliberal advancement

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This is the presentation file of the paper, accessible at

https://www.academia.edu/28087614/Grassroots_economic_initiatives_in_Greece_challenges_under_neoliberal_advancement

 

Collective viewings of value(s) and the struggle for what is valuable – The Case of Grassroots Initiatives

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Abstract: The article discusses the grassroots approaches to value(s) and valuing(s) as encountered in several schemes which exist in Greece over the last few years and whose members perform transactions without the use of any official currency. The main scope of the article is to explore the theoretical issues that emerge from the grassroots practices and analyse ways by which those practices challenge or even defy the dominant economic structures, perceptions and theories about value. Given that the theoretical issues emerge from field research and findings, empirical data on ethnographic nature are used to contribute to the discussion and place the questions within their historical and practical contexts. The variety of practices itself informs the theoretical debate about the multiple ways people might think of and use ideas about value in their economic activity.

 

Link to JSTOR  for institutional access

 

Solidarity, grassroots initiatives and power relations – Αλληλεγγύη, δομές βάσης και σχέσεις εξουσίας

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The article is accessible at http://wer.worldeconomicsassociation.org/papers/solidarity-grassroots-initiatives-and-power-relations/

and the Abstract is:

Although solidarity is not a recent phenomenon, the emergence of new or re-invented forms of production and sharing that are based on that principle, has raised again several burning questions of what solidarity is and how far it can go, particularly under circumstances that may prove devastating for individuals, households and communities. The present paper is a result of both theoretical and empirical research regarding several types of grassroots initiatives which have functioned in Greece during the last six years. It investigates solidarity-related economic structures in order to clarify related questions, shows the complexity of practiced solidarity, identifies the main lines where solidarity might collide with power at the expense of the disadvantaged, and explores possible means of preventing power from invading those structures and thereby interfering with the survival of people and their communities.

Το άρθρο δημοσιεύθηκε πολύ πρόσφατα και είναι στα αγγλικά, προσβάσιμο εδώ http://wer.worldeconomicsassociation.org/papers/solidarity-grassroots-initiatives-and-power-relations/

Περίληψη

Μολονότι η αλληλεγγύη δεν είναι πρόσφατο φαινόμενο, η εμφάνιση νέων ανα-εφευρημένων μορφών παραγωγής και ανταλλαγής που βασίζονται στην εν λόγω αρχή, έθεσε και πάλι διάφορα φλέγοντα ερωτήματα ως προς το τί είναι αλληλεγγύη και σε ποιά έκταση μπορεί να φτάσει, ιδιαίτερα από συνθήκες που μπορεί να αποδειχθούν καταστροφικές για ανθρώπους, νοικοκυριά και κοινότητες. Η παρούσα μελέτη είναι αποτέλεσμα θεωρητικής και εμπειρικής έρευνας σχετικά με διάφορους τύπους πρωτοβουλιών βάσης που λειτουργούν στην Ελλάδα κατά τη διάρκεια των τελευταίων έξι ετών. Διερευνά τις οικονομικές δομές που σχετίζονται με την αλληλεγγύη προκειμένου να αποσαφηνίσει σχετικές ερωτήσεις, δείχνει την πολυπλοκότητα της αλληλεγγύης στην πράξη, εντοπίζει τις κύριες γραμμές όπου η αλληλεγγύη θα μπορούσε να συγκρούεται με την εξουσία εις βάρος των πιο αδυνάμων, και διερευνά πιθανούς τρόπους να αποτραπεί η εξουσία από το να εισβάλει στις εν λόγω δομές παρεμβαίνοντας έτσι στην επιβίωση των ανθρώπων και των κοινοτήτων τους.