Democracy in the workplace

Kontaktperson: Theodoros Rakopoulos

Cooperative anthropologies invite students to participate in projects of studying cooperative environments of work and social life. How is industrial and labour democracy organized? How are the questions and themes of solidarity and direct democracy addressed in the field?

Seven Cooperative Principles

Cooperative anthropologies: Democracy in the workplace

Kontaktperson: Theodoros Rakopoulos

Cooperatives, cooperation and cooperativism are partly driving the world ‘Economy’ and, most importantly, are organizing principles for the livelihoods of many (according to ICC, one billion people). Coops operate in the agrarian, industrial, consumption and distribution sectors of local, regional and national economies. They mobilise people around sharing assets, co-shaping labour and deciding on their own fates, by virtue of voting in their assemblies.

Cooperative anthropologies invite students to participate in projects of studying cooperative environments of work and social life. How is industrial and labour democracy organized? How are the questions and themes of solidarity and direct democracy addressed in the field? How are people managing their cooperating lives with a number of other obligations they have in their private lives (including attachments to kin, the household and other types of communities)? How are coops helping people go about their lives in the current predicament of global capitalist crisis?

An idea of a cooperative anthropologies also concerns the ways we do fieldwork, and the multiple commitments we are engaged in too, as anthropologists. The practice of doing research in ambiences that require membership is an issue in many fieldworks that can extend beyond the immediate interests in coops.  

Publisert 21. juni 2017 11:07 - Sist endret 21. juni 2017 11:07