Modes of Cognitive Praxis in Transnational Alternative Policy Groups

Modes of Cognitive Praxis in Transnational Alternative Policy Groups

Journal Articles, William K Carroll

William K. Carroll

Transnational alternative policy groups (TAPGs) are networks and centres within and around which counter-hegemonic knowledge is produced and mobilized among subaltern communities and critical social movements. Based on in-depth interviews with practitioners at 16 TAPGs, this article presents eight modes of cognitive praxis and discusses how they appear in the work of alternative policy groups. The eight modes are not sealed off from each other, but overlap and interpenetrate. In combination, these modes of cognitive praxis strive to produce transformative knowledge concomitantly with knowledge-based transformation. The analysis evidences tracings of a double dialectic in the cognitive praxis of alternative policy groups: a dialectic of theory and practice, and one of dialogue. It is in a forward movement—fostering solidaristic dialogue among counterpublics in combination with the iterative integration of theory and practice—that alternative knowledge makes its indispensable contribution to counter-hegemony. (Full text)

Commoning as a Post-capitalist Politics

Commoning as a Post-capitalist Politics

Jenny Cameron, Journal Articles, Katherine Gibson

J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy, 2016. “Commoning as a postcapitalist politics.” In Releasing the Commons: Rethinking the Futures of the Commons, edited by Ash Amin and Philip Howell, Chapter 12, Routledge.

In this chapter we explore how the process of commoning offers a politics for the Anthropocene. To reveal the political potential of commoning, however, we need to step outside of the ways that the commons have generally been understood. We argue that commons can be conceived of as a process—commoning—that is applicable to any form of property, whether private, or state-owned, or open access.

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South–South Cooperation and the Geographies of Latin America–Caribbean Integration and Development: A Socio-Spatial Approach Authors

South–South Cooperation and the Geographies of Latin America–Caribbean Integration and Development: A Socio-Spatial Approach Authors

Journal Articles, Thomas Muhr

Thomas Muhr

Structured around the case of South–South cooperation in the construction of “complementary economic zones” among the member states of the ALBA-TCP, Petrocaribe, CARICOM and MERCOSUR, this article argues for a socio-spatial approach to the study of the Latin America–Caribbean integration and development … While this South–South cooperation space is not per se non-capitalist, a socio-spatial analysis also facilitates “seeing” the production of a socialist “counter-space” within this South–South cooperation structure.

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Building Other Possible Worlds The 99% and the 2015 Tunisian World Social Forum

Building Other Possible Worlds The 99% and the 2015 Tunisian World Social Forum

Journal Articles, Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley

 

The World Social Forum 2015 being held in Tunis may not present a welcome prospect for those who await the immediate consolidation of an alter-globalization agenda. However it does suggest that the process of resistance may yet be as important as any outcome.

 

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Climate, Water, and Livelihood Skills: A Post- Development Reading of the SDGs

Climate, Water, and Livelihood Skills: A Post- Development Reading of the SDGs

Ariel Salleh, Journal Articles

Ariel Salleh

Did the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
agree to the recommended carbon emissions target of 1.58C? No: citizens and activists observing
the December 2015 Paris meeting simply encountered business as usual. But climate politics will
go nowhere as long as peoples’ movements remain locked into debates over arithmetic. It is time
to reset the start line for climate struggles in a place that transcends silo thinking and its reductionist
episteme. (read more)

Theorizing Alternatives to Capital: Towards a Critical Cosmopolitanist Framework

Theorizing Alternatives to Capital: Towards a Critical Cosmopolitanist Framework

Barry Gills, James Goodman, Journal Articles, S A Hamed Hosseini

Barry K. Gills, James Goodman, S A Hamed Hosseini

We are living in an era of multiple crises, multiple social resistances, and multiple cosmopolitanisms. The post-Cold War context has generated a plethora of movements, but no single unifying ideology or global political program has yet materialized. The historical confrontation between capital and its alternatives, however, continues to pose new possibilities for social and systemic transformations. (read more)

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Toward Transversal Cosmopolitanism: Understanding Alternative Praxes in the Global Field of Transformative Movements

Toward Transversal Cosmopolitanism: Understanding Alternative Praxes in the Global Field of Transformative Movements

Barry Gills, James Goodman, Journal Articles, S A Hamed Hosseini

S A Hamed Hosseini, Barry K. Gills, James Goodman

This article critically reflects on theoretical dilemmas of conceptualizing recent ideological shifts and contention among global transformative movements. Some studies conceptualize these movements as ideologically mature and coherent, while other inquiries highlight disorganization, fragmentation, disillusion, and dispute. (read more)

Student school elections and political engagement: A cradle of democracy?

Student school elections and political engagement: A cradle of democracy?

Journal Articles, Lawrence J. Saha

Lawrence J. Saha, Murray Print

Studies have found that prior involvement in student politics while in school seems to be a good predictor of adult political engagement. While most studies of adults have obtained retrospective data on participation in school elections, there have been few studies of students about this activity. We contribute to this latter relatively unexplored area by reporting the results from a national survey of Australian secondary school students about the relationship between participation in school elections and future intended political engagement activities. We found that voting in school elections is positively related to feeling prepared to vote as an adult, to being committed to vote when 18, to political knowledge, and to engagement in forms of peaceful activism. Running for student government office is related to political knowledge and participation in peaceful activism. These results reinforce the findings of adult retrospective studies, and show that participation in school elections serves as a beneficial experience in the preparation of students for life as an active adult citizen. (read more)