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Craft, well-being, self-management and the construction of alternative worlds 
Sandra Patricia Gonzalez-Santos (Independent Researcher)
Leandro Rodriguez-Medina (Universidad Alberto Hurtado)
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Short Abstract:

Can we change the way things are assembled? Can we place high-standards of well-being as the organizing logic? We invite reflections on how self-managed social movements are re-signifying their work as a craft, how they are building communities of care and how they are growing by doing so.

Long Abstract:

STS has a long tradition of studying how different ways of assembling things make them (ontologically) different. The assemblages that make up our reality are the product of associations that always transcend the intentions of those who designed and manufactured them. With this in mind, we invite people to explore how particular efforts that envision and enact different ways of assembling things give rise to different social relations. We draw on preliminary work being done around self-managed social movements that are attempting to change the way things are done within the arts, food systems, healthcare and environmental projects. These movements believe transformation is possible. They seek to bring their practice back to a human scale while placing (more than human) life at the center. They envision ways of promoting high-standards of well-being and revaluing their work as a craft. We are interested in studying if and how these transformations trickle over and wave out into policy, into the market, into language, and into the bodies of people. Do these transformations end up inscribed in policy? Do they creating new traditions? What sort of community are they creating and how are these communities tying into other communities? What sort of care practices and governing practices are being created and used? What is the role of materiality in these alternative assemblages?

We welcome empirical and conceptual reflections, following diverse theoretical and methodological frameworks, since our goal is to find areas of convergence but also substantive differences between the experiences analyzed.

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