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Sustainable Community Movement Organizations

Solidarity Economies and Rhizomatic Practices, 1st Edition

Edited by Francesca Forno, Richard R. Weiner


144 pages

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Hardback: 9780367342234
pub: 2020-04-07
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This volume shines a light on Sustainable Community Movement Organisations (SCMOs), an emergent wave of non-hierarchical, community-based socio-economic movements, with alternative forms of consumption and production very much at their core.

Extending beyond traditional ideas of cooperatives and mutualities, the essays in this collection explore new geographies of solidarity practices ranging from forms of horizontal democracy to interurban and transnational networks. The authors uniquely frame these movements within the Deleuzian concept of the ‘rhizome’, as a meshwork of alternative spaces, paths and trajectories. This connectivity is illustrated in case studies from around the world, ranging from protest movements in response to austerity measures in Southern Europe, to the Buen Vivir movement in the Andes, and Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs) in the Caribbean and Canada. Positioning these cases in relation to current theoretical debates on Social Solidarity Economy, the authors specifically address the question of the persistence and the durability of the organizing practices in community economies.

This book will be a valuable tool for academics and students of sustainable consumption, environmental policy, social policy, environmental economics, environmental management and sustainability studies more broadly.


"This book synthesizes a wide range of literature on sustainability, social-economics, and political sociology, as it clarifies new forms of life. It specifically focuses on practices of commoning and renewed social equity in urban and interurban meshworks of a solidarity economy, in the Global North and the Global South. Presented in a compact package of grounded case studies, this anthology responds in an accessible and engaging approach to the question, ‘How can we democratize economies?’" -- José-Manuel Martinez Sierra, Jean Monnet ad personam Professor European Law and Government, Harvard University, USA

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



1. Introduction: Sustainable Solidarity Economies: Rhizomatic Practices for Another World

Francesca Forno and Richard R. Weiner

2. Sustainable Community Movement Organizations (SCMOs): Reinvigorating the Social Solidarity Economy via Post-Capitalistic Practices

Francesca Forno and Paolo R. Graziano

3. Operationalizing SCMO as a Social-Economic Concept: The Case of Post 2008 Spain

Richard R. Weiner and Iván López

4. The Making of a New Commons in Southern Europe: Afterlives of the Movements of the Squares Angelos Varvarousis, Viviana Asara, and Bengi Akbulet

5. Shopping for a Sustainable Future: The Promises of a Collectively Planned Consumption

Alice Dal Gobbo and Francesca Forno

6. Black Diaspora Women Lead Cooperative Banks

Caroline Shenaz Hossein

7. Rondas Campesinas and Defense Fronts: The Environmental Justice Movement Confronting Extractivist Policies in Peru.

Raquel Neyra


About the Editors

Francesca Forno, Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Trento, Italy

Richard R. Weiner, Department of Political Science at Rhode Island College, USA / Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Environment and Sustainability

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science