Volume 6, Issue 1 (March 2016)

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Editorial: The Environment and Violent Democracy

When scientists discuss climate change they do so with dire warnings of the catastrophic consequences of climbing temperatures of the earth’s atmosphere – the floods, the tycoons, the melting glaciers, and the wholesale destruction of the communities. When they have paid attention to the politics of climate change scientists have focused on climate change deniers […]

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The Politics of Climate Change

by Herbert Docena, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and member of ISA Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44) For some in the climate justice movement, the battle line in the global fight around climate change runs along the walls of the heavily fortified UN climate change summit venues: Outside, “the movement” or “the people” from […]

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South Africa’s Violent Democracy: An Interview with Karl von Holdt

Karl von Holdt has had a long and distinguished history of political engagement and scholarship. He was editor of the South African Labor Bulletin, at a time when labor was dictating the movement of South African society. He has worked for NALEDI, the policy institute of COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), and served […]

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The Solidarity Economy: An Interview with Paul Singer

Paul Singer is one the most distinguished intellectuals of the Solidarity Economy in Brazil and in the world. His publications include: Desenvolvimento e Crise [Development and Crisis] (1968), Desenvolvimento Econômico e Evolução Urbana [Economic Development and Urban Evolution] (1969), Dinâmica Populacional e Desenvolvimento [Population Dynamics and Development] (1970), Dominação e desigualdade: estrutura de classes e […]

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Uralungal: India’s Oldest Worker Cooperative

by Michelle Williams, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and member of ISA Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44). In Kerala, India, a remarkable worker cooperative has defied the predictions of mainstream economists for over 90 years. Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS), a 2000 member-strong worker-owned construction cooperative, builds large infrastructure projects such as […]

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The Mondragon Cooperatives: Successes and Challenges

by Sharryn Kasmir, Hofstra University, USA In the wake of financial crisis and anti-austerity uprisings, there is growing interest in the US and Europe in nurturing non-capitalist social relations and solidarity economies: academics and advocates argue that worker-owned coops secure jobs, give workers control, and encourage solidarity. These transformations, they suggest, sow seeds of socialism, […]

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The Anti-Middleman Movement in Greece

by Theodoros Rakopoulos, University of Bergen, Norway[1] Coops have often been a grassroots response to economic crises of the sort Greece has been facing for the past six years, offering a safety net for workers, salvaging jobs in times of transition or recession, from the American depression of the 1930s, to Eastern Europe’s post-socialist predicament […]

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Recuperated Enterprises in Argentina

by Julián Rebón, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina It’s the morning of August 11, 2014 in the Garín district of Buenos Aires: 400 workers at Donnelley Graphic find a notice on the factory’s front door, announcing that the multinational company has closed its business in Argentina. Workers gather in an assembly, taking over the plant. […]

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The End of the World or the End of Capitalism?

by Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics, United Kingdom “It is easier to imagine the end of the world,” it has been said, “than to imagine the end of capitalism” – a profound truth about the era of capitalist globalization. Far more has been written about the evils of capitalism, than about what a non-capitalist […]

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Contesting Neo-Extractive Accumulation in Latin America

by Maristella Svampa, National University of La Plata, Argentina Across Latin America, activists and intellectuals are questioning the dynamics of capital accumulation and models of development, and debating categories such as neo-extractivism, buen vivir or the right to a good life, common goods, and the rights of nature. Questioning the sustainability of contemporary development models, […]

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Extractivism vs. Buen Vivir in Ecuador

by William Sacher and Michelle Báez, FLACSO (Latin American Institute for the Social Sciences), Ecuador In 2007, President Rafael Correa sparked great regional and international interest with his pioneering political project, La Revolución Ciudadana [Citizen’s Revolution]. In 2008, a Constituent Assembly approved a new Constitution which promoted the rights of nature, and in 2009, the […]

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Struggles for the Commons in Mexico

by Mina Lorena Navarro, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico Over the past fifteen years there has been a rise in environmental struggles in Mexico against what Maristella Svampa (2013) calls “Commodity Consensus” – conflicts over the access, control, and management of common natural resources. At the heart of the struggles is a type of […]

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Argentina’s New Extractivism

by Marian Sola Álvarez, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina Argentina is an emblematic case of expanding extractive activities – agribusiness, mega-mining, and, more recently, the exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons through fracking – which have given rise to multiple struggles and anti-extraction movements. As agribusiness emerged and was consolidated as an agricultural model, Argentina entered […]

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Vladimir Yadov: A Life Devoted to an Open Sociology

 by Mikhail Chernysh, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, and member of the ISA Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) and Thematic Group on Human Rights and Social Justice (TG03). Vladimir Yadov belonged to the generation of Russians born before the Great War (WWII) but came of age after it. He was […]

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Vladimir Yadov: Scholar and Humanist

by Andrei Alekseev, St. Petersburg, Russia Six years ago we celebrated Vladimir Alexandrovich’s 80th birthday. Yadov passed away in his 87th year on the night of July 2, 2015. One might say: “as a result of a lengthy and incurable disease.” However, until the last minute his mind was sharp as ever and he even […]

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Vladimir Yadov: Mentor, Colleague and Friend

by Tatyana Protasenko, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia The first time I met Vladimir Alexandrovich Yadov was during the department meeting at the Philosophy Faculty of the Leningrad State University, where I worked as a stenographer at the same time as being a student. As I recall it was at […]

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Vladimir Yadov: Personal Memories

by Valentina Uzunova, Kunstkamera, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia Vladimir Alexandrovich Yadov once gave a course on “Applied Sociological Research” at the Faculty of Philosophy. He was so involved in his lecture that he suddenly fell off the platform. It turned out that the blackboard was longer than the stage on which he […]

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Vladimir Yadov: An Iconic Figure of Soviet and PostSoviet Sociology

by Gevorg Poghosyan, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, President of the Armenian Sociological Association, and member of ISA Research Committees on Migration (RC31) and Disasters (RC39) There are scientists whose names are associated with the formation of a school of thought or even of […]

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