Friday, 13 November 2015

Call for Papers: Special issue Post-capitalistic politics in the making: Practices of alternative economies

Guest Editors: Patrizia Zanoni, Raza Mir, Stephen Healy & Alessia Contu

Journal: Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society

Deadline 28 February 2016

Critiques of neo-liberal capitalism, while never completely absent, have increased globally after the latest financial crisis. Critical engagements have grown (also in the West) becoming more urgent and widespread in the media and the broader cultural and political domains reaching and involving millions. 

In political studies and heterodox economics, many diverse theorists are elaborating,

and calling for, the actualization of radical democratic alternatives that practice a generative, ethical, post-capitalocentric economy (e.g. Castoriadis, 2010; Gibson-Graham, 1996b, 2003, 2006; Kelly, 2012; Latouche, 2009; Wolff, 2012).

Diverse economies are not only possible but also richly present and growing in significance globally. Diverse economies exhibit values, mode of exchanges, work, ownerships, and practices that do not follow the logic of capitalist accumulation and profit maximization concentrated in private ends solely for private purposes. Studying, proposing, and theorizing such alternatives are not an easy feat, particularly if one is to avoid romanticization and stereotyping and aims to maintain a vigilant eye by ascertaining in what ways post-capitalist alternatives do increase liberty, equality, and individual and collective welfare.

We call on theorists and researchers to join this urgent conversation on the disharmony,

incoherence, and contradictions of capitalism. The study and practice of alternatives is performative in that it fosters our understanding of the (im)potentialities of non-capitalistic alternatives within and beyond capitalism (Gibson-Graham, 1996a; Sharpe, 2014).

We seek papers that develop innovative insights in the way alternative economies produce non-capitalistic modes of value allocation, how they foster non-capitalistic subjectivities, and are themselves variously related to capitalism. We are particularly interested in studies that focus on the practices involved in constituting and reproducing such organizational alternatives, for example, in engendering and experiencing new forms of ownerships, funding, decision-making, leadership, and communication.

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