The Human Economy
1. Edition October 2010
320 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
The global financial crisis has renewed concern about whethercapitalist markets are the best way of organizing economic life.Would it not be better if we were to treat the economy as somethingmade and remade by people themselves, rather than as an impersonalmachine?
The object of a human economy is the reproduction of human beingsand of whatever sustains life in general. Such an economy wouldexpress human variety in its local particulars as well as theinterests of all humanity.
The editors have assembled here a citizen's guide to buildinga human economy. This project is not a dream but is part of acollective effort that began a decade ago at the first World SocialForum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has gathered pace ever since.
Over thirty original essays address topics that range fromglobalization, community participation and microcredit to corporatesocial responsibility and alternative energy. Each offers acritical guide to further reading.
The Human Economy builds on decades of engaged research tobring a new economic vision to general readers and a comprehensiveguide for all students of the contemporary world.
Part One: World society.
Globalization (Thomas Hylland Eriksen).
Global public goods (Philip Golub & Jean-PaulMaréchal).
International organizations (François-Xavier Merrien& Angèle Flora Mendy).
Development (Keith Hart & Vishnu Padayachee).
Alter-globalization (Geoffrey Pleyers).
Part Two: Economics with a human face.
Plural economy (Jean-Louis Laville).
Ecological economics (Sabine U O'Hara).
Feminist economics (Julie A Nelson).
Fair trade (Alfonso Cotera Fretel & Humberto OrtizRoca).
Labour economy (José Luis Coraggio).
Microcredit (Jean-Michel Servet).
Informal economy (Keith Hart).
Part Three: Moral politics.
Citizenship (Paulo Henrique Martins).
Corporate social responsibility (Anne Salmon).
Welfare (Adalbert Evers).
Gift (Alain Caillé).
Moral economy (Chris Hann).
Communism (David Graeber).
Part Four: Beyond market and state.
Third sector (Catherine Alexander).
Solidarity economy (économie solidaire) (Jean-LouisLaville).
Community participation (Marilyn Taylor).
Local development (John M Bryden).
NGOs (David Lewis).
Social capital (Desmond McNeill).
Social enterprise (Jacques Defourny & MartheNyssens).
Social entrepreneurship (Lars Hulgård).
Part Five: New directions.
Community & complementary currencies (JérômeBlanc).
Digital commons (Felix Stalder).
Mobility (John Urry).
Alternative energy (Arnaud Sales and Leandro Raizer).
Worlds of emancipation (Antonio David Cattani).
Museum Anthropology Review
"A fascinating and very useful read for those interested in how to change the present crisis-ridden economic system."
"Here, in thirty-two short chapters by an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars and activists, one can learn the basics of microcredit, feminist economics, corporate social responsibility, community participation, alternative energy, and digital commons (among others)."
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"This book is a treasure trove for everyone trying to bring the common good and democratic political agency back into economics. International in scope, imaginative in spirit, it brings together the diverse experiences and ideas that could make possible a transition to a social, ecological and democratic global economy. It is a rich resource for emancipatory politics."
Hilary Wainwright, Fellow, Transnational Institute, Co-editor, Red Pepper
"For a nanosecond after the current financial collapse that threatens to engulf all, politicians, the media and decision-makers spoke of the need to build a new, humane, and needs-oriented economy. Quickly, analysis returned to how best to regulate capitalist profligacy, and restore old institutions, assuming this will return things to normal. This book, with its rich ideas and diverse examples, exposes the limitations of such thinking and traces the outlines of an alternative economic system with greater promise."
Ash Amin, Durham University
Jean-Louis Laville is Professor of Sociology at theConservatoire national des arts et métiers.
Antonio David Cattani is Professor of Sociology at theUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.