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Social and economic imaginaries from below: alternative production and consumption initiatives as democratic challenges 
Catherine Neveu (IIAC (CNRS-EHESS))
Maria Ines Fernandez Alvarez (CITRA, CONICET-UMET FFyL, UBA)
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6 College Park (6CP), 0G/007
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel will have as its main aim to locate and analyse how alternative production and consumption initiatives challenge dominant neoliberal economic and political logics by enacting new imaginaries for desirable futures and question value itself by reordering what matters to people's lives.

Long Abstract:

The neoliberal era is characterized by a growing penetration of all spheres of social life by (liberal) economic and financial logics. Democratic and political engagement is not immune from such dynamics. If a number of research has shown that electoral dynamics are overdetermined by the financial resources of candidates, much less is known about the interactions between economy and democracy understood as activities and practices that concur to building the commons. It is as if questioning the role of money in democratic processes was only dirtying, trivialising or desacralizing practices and forms that should necessarily be "pure" and "disinterested". One can nevertheless observe today a growing engagement, in particular around "the commons", in practices based on reciprocity, co-responsibility and collective use-right, developed outside of mercantile relations and capitalist logics and that try to deal with the democratic dimensions of economic issues. Obvious examples are shared gardens, barter- or free-zones, solidary finance or local currencies, but also social movements that develop self-organised economic spheres that challenge the dominant logics of exploitation, including by questioning the 'right to work' in neoliberal conditions as the only desirable future. While such initiatives are often seen as isolated experimentations that do not challenge the global order, it seems more relevant to question the extent to which they enact new social, democratic and economic imaginaries that can contribute to challenge the dominant neoliberal economic and political logic and how they question value itself by reordering what matters to people's lives.

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Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -