Call for Papers: Panel for Society for Applied Anthropology’s Annual Meeting 2017

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Multiple solidarities for multiple economies: solidarity economy across geographical divides

  • Discussants: Brian Burke (Appalachian State University) and Sarah Lyon (University of Kentucky, to be confirmed)
  • Organizer: Luminita-Anda Mandache (University of Arizona)

Following Keith Hart’s definition of human economy (2010), solidarity economy can be broadly understood  as a set of economic practices that puts the human needs at the center of the economy.  Seyfang and Longhurst (2013) have pointed to the different roots of the solidarity economy practices in different regions of the world. If in places like Belgium they are seen as forms of alternative economy, supported by ecological ideologies, in Brazil the solidarity economy equals with state’s support of small scale economy, mainly in economically deprived sectors. This panel aims to examine the complex nature of a movement that encompasses radically different conditions, objectives and values.