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The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization,9780415782265
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The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization

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Despite regular banking, economic and financial crises affecting the world, mildly different forms of global capitalism are still portrayed as the only game in town by the vast majority of opinion shapers in the world today. Unbridled growth, trade liberalisation, and competition toward greater concentration of industries are advocated as the only or best ways of organizing the contemporary world. Trends such as high unemployment, widening gaps between rich and poor, various forms of disengagement, and environmental devastation are too often seen as acceptable #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;side effects#xE2;#xAC;" of the dominance of neo-liberalism. The reality is that people have created many different ways of providing for themselves, suggesting that economic and organizational possibilities extend far beyond the narrow imagination of economic and management theorists. Some of these alternative examples of alternative organizing are part of the visible economy; others are informal and exist outside formal arrangements of governance and exchange. The aim of this companion is to give voice to some of these marginalised systems; moving beyond critique towards the exploration of alternative ways of organising in categories and in specific cases. A critical analysis of contemporary global capitalism is merely the starting point after which various political theories and social movements (such as: anarchism, feminism, environmentalism, socialism, communism, syndicalism, communitarianism, and post-colonialism) will be drawn upon to introduce principles such as solidarity and co-operation, equality and social justice, democracy and participation, environmental sustainability, localisation, and so forth. This comprehensive companion gives voice to ways of organizing which remain unrepresented or marginalised in organizational studies and conventional politics, yet which may offer more promising grounds for social and environmental justice. In doing so, the book will be a hugely useful resource for students and researchers.

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