CFP DOSSIER || Facing the civilizational crisis. Projects and practices around the Social Solidarity Economy.

2021-05-01

Call for Papers • Volume 7 •  Issue 31 • March 2022

Dossier Facing the civilizational crisis. Projects and practices around the Social Solidarity Economy.

Guest Editors: 

PhD. María Elena Rojas. Universidad Autónoma Chapingo - Mexico

PhD. Diana Alejandra Méndez. Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora - Mexico

Submission deadline: January 15, 2022

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Accepted languages: Spanish, English, or Portuguese

 

The Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) comprises many organizations and practices characterized by the establishment of collective and solidarity-based work processes focused on the reproduction of life. These are organized expressions of a new way of doing economics, among which are agrarian communities, cooperative societies, solidarity collectives, enterprises owned mainly or exclusively by workers, etc. This other economy, an alternative to the dominant one, stands out for promoting: fair trade, responsible consumption, self-management of common goods, use of alternative energies, care for the environment, productive and labor inclusion of vulnerable social groups, ethical finance, food sovereignty, conservation of historical and cultural heritage, rational use of water through sustainable management of watersheds and forests, intercultural ecotourism, and respect for universal human rights. All these initiatives make up a transforming and counter-hegemonic economics to the current system of exploitation and degradation of human beings and nature, which is dragging humanity and the planet towards the precipice of the destruction of life in all its vital manifestations, expressed in the current global systemic and civilizational crisis. This situation is accelerated by the pandemic caused by Covid-19, generating difficult conditions for the reproduction of life, a moment in which betting on creating and strengthening the processes associated with the SSE becomes a necessity and a relevant path for the preservation of life and the world.

In this sense, although the SSE is an emerging paradigm in the process of construction and, therefore, neither finished nor conclusive, it distinguishes itself as an autonomous organizational instrument to guarantee the social and economic reproduction of producers, under dignified conditions. More than an economic variant, it is a way of life, a philosophy and a cosmovision of the place of the human being, his activity and nature, preferably aimed at the generation, distribution, and consumption of use-values for the good living of all, in harmony with the environment. However, the positive effect of their actions is not properly valued or recognized because, in general terms, SSE entities remain isolated, isolated, and invisible from the majority environment, organized under the market and its multiple commodification processes. To reverse this situation, it is necessary to strengthen a process of recognition, dissemination, and visibility of what they do, their practices, and their organizations. This would have an impact on their positioning in public opinion, the support of consistent and long-lasting public policies, and the contribution of academia in the fields of research, documentation, dissemination, and the provision of professional services. For this reason, the Religación Journal releases this dossier in the hope of contributing to strengthen the cultivation of this other economy.

Topics of interest:
- Social Solidarity Economy
- Cooperativism
- Educational processes
- Collective action and territory
- Common goods
- Historical experiences
- Public policies and legislation
- Sustainability

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